OTTAWA, April 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Students are disappointed to learn that
Access Copyright is taking legal action against York University for
opting out of Access Copyright licensing agreements.
"Access Copyright's desperate attempt to wrangle public institutions
into its obsolete licensing agreements ignores legislative changes and
court decisions clarifying fair dealing and copyright in Canada," said
Adam Awad, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students.
"Several colleges and universities have opted for modern copyright
policies that rely on fair dealing, open access publishing, and
in-house licensing rather than Access Copyright's archaic models."
In April 2012, Access Copyright and the Association of Universities and
Colleges of Canada (AUCC) established a model licensing agreement
regarding the use of copyrighted materials on campuses. Students, staff
and faculty raised concerns with the model agreement which imposed new
fees on students, threatened access to educational material and raised
The enactment of Bill C-11, the Copyright Modernization Act, and recent Supreme Court decisions have given the post-secondary
education community more flexibility in exercising fair dealing. In
addition to York University, 18 universities across the country opted
out of the Access Copyright license last year.
"Students supported York University's decision to reject Access
Copyright's licensing agreement in favour of addressing copyright
licensing internally," said Alastair Woods, Vice-President Campaigns of
the York Federation of Students. "It's concerning that Access Copyright
is using needless litigation to squeeze money out of public
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 - Ontario
For further information:
or to arrange an interview, please contact:
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