Tag Archives: AUCC

AUCC’s nine-pack of Fair Dealing Guidelines

The full text of the 9 revised AUCC Fair Dealing Guidelines have now been posted online on the SCRIBD website (links at excesscopyright.blogspot.ca)  and at the University of Calgary library.  I’m curious as to why AUCC does not just post them on their own website.  Why is the task of disseminating these important documents to […]


It’s the Labour Day Weekend … do you know where your school’s fair dealing guidelines are?

As Colleges and Universities across Canada are preparing for the start of a new academic year, it’s a good time to assess (or reassess) the state of copyright policies in our educational institutions.  It’s been over a year now since the Supreme Court’s pentalogy and the enactment of Bill C-11 adding “education” to the list […]

Objections to the Proposed Access Copyright Post-Secondary Tariff and its Progeny Licenses: A Working Paper

I have just completed an extensive research report entitled “Access Copyright Post-Secondary Tariff and its Progeny Licenses: A Working Paper.” My co-authors (Scott Armstrong and Brent Harasym) and I have decided to post the paper for open distribution on the Scholarship@Western website (UWO’s open access institutional repository). It is posted in the FIMS Library and […]

CARL members split on AUCC-AC Model License

While the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has itself been silent on the issue of the AUCC-Access Copyright Model License, most of their member institutions have not signed it to date. CARL membership is restricted to the major research libraries; there are 23 university library members outside of Quebec. So far only nine eleven […]

Compilation of Annoucements for Institutions Opting-out of Model License

Here is a (partial) compilation of statements from institutions who have announced they are not signing on to the AUCC/ACCC-Access Copyright Model license: Simon Fraser University: <pending> University of Calgary: http://library.ucalgary.ca/copyright Niagara College: http://nclibraries.niagaracollege.ca/copyright Seneca College: http://seneca.libguides.com/copyright Humber College: http://www.humber.ca/news/copyright-update Royal Roads University: http://www.royalroads.ca/news-releases/royal-roads-opts-out-access-copyright-agreement University of Saskatchewan: http://www.usask.ca/copyright/news/model-license-decision.php&#8221; University of Northern British Columbia: https://library.unbc.ca/files/2012/06/June-29-announcement.pdf University of […]

Once again, Linking is NOT unauthorized copying

When Access Copyright included “linking” or “hyperlinking” in its definition of “copy” in its tariff application back in 2010, the provision became one of the most notable lightning rods of opposition for the proposed tariff; a paradigm example of over-reaching. After all, Section 3 of the Copyright Act, which sets forward the full and complete list […]

Some Background Docs on the Model License

Over the next two weeks, we will likely be seeing several new releases about the adoption or rejection of the AUCC/ACCC — Access Copyright Model License on campuses across Canada. To date, we’ve seen only a handful of announcements (an ongoing compilation of updates is maintained by Ariel Katz at http://arielkatz.org/archives/1803). These announcements will likely […]

Looking past the gloss: What does the Model License really say about monitoring and reporting?

One of the recurring issues that seems to keep coming up is the extent to which the AUCC-Access Copyright Model License satisfactorily addresses the concerns raised with the proposed tariff with respect to monitoring, surveying, privacy and more generally the effect of these clauses on academic freedom. As we are getting closer to the end […]

Flawed rationales underline UA statement of intent to sign AUCC-Access Copyright Model License

The University of Alberta has issued a statement indicating its intention to sign the AUCC-Access Copyright Model license. This announcement represents a turn-around from the university’s earlier position, taken in 2011, when it announced it was opting out of the interim tariff that Access Copyright had obtained from the Copyright Board. In retreating from its […]

Access Copyright and AUCC Agree to “Model License”: But what does it Mean?

Access Copyright and AUCC  (Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada) have announced they have agreed to the terms of a model license. The releases, which are substantially similar, indicate the license will cover print and digital formats, the annual cost will be set at $26.00 per FTE per year, and that the term of […]