OTTAWA, Dec. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The University of Toronto and Western
University have joined the parade of universities terminating
agreements with Access Copyright, a copyright licensing agency that
charges fees to universities in exchange for a license to reproduce
copyrighted works. In the past 18 months, 21 Canadian universities have
terminated their agreements with Access Copyright.
"In light of amendments to the Copyright Act that expanded the
definition of fair dealing, it makes no sense for any university to
continue paying exorbitant Access Copyright fees," said Jessica
McCormick, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students.
"More and more universities and colleges are opting to rely on fair
dealing, open access publishing, and in-house licensing instead of
Access Copyright's obsolete model."
Amendments to the Copyright Act have expanded the definition of fair
dealing—the limited right to copy works without permission or payment
when it is fair—to include "education" purposes and recent rulings of
the Supreme Court have broadly interpreted fair dealing. Given these
developments, the value of the Access Copyright service is
"This is a victory for students at U of T, at Western and across the
country, who have been challenging Access Copyright agreements at
post-secondary institutions for years," said McCormick.
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student
organisation, uniting more than one-half million students in all ten
provinces. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor
organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Jessica McCormick, National Chairperson, 613-232-7394