TORONTO, July 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Students at the University of Toronto are
pleased that the Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed that a fee they
are being charged to access copyrighted materials tramples upon their
rights under copyright law. University of Toronto students are being
forced to pay a $27.50 fee to Access Copyright to use copyrighted
material even though copyright law guarantees students the right to
access copyrighted works for educational purposes, without the fee.
Access Copyright is an organization that has been criticized by
students and professors for forcing students to pay something they
already have. The University of Toronto is one of a minority of
Canadian post-secondary institutions who have recently signed
agreements with Access Copyright.
"The Supreme Court decision against Access Copyright gives students hope
that the collection of these fees will be halted," said Munib Sajjad,
Vice-President University Affairs of the University of Toronto
Students' Union. "Students' access to necessary material should not be
burdened by unfair, unnecessary fees for Access Copyright."
The University of Toronto announced their decision to sign on to an
agreement with Access Copyright in January 2012. Since then, a growing
number of institutions have publicly announced that they would not be
entering into an agreement with Access Copyright. The University of
British Columbia, York University, Queens University, Carleton
University, and the University of Windsor are among the growing number
of institutions who have refused to force students to pay unfair fees
to Access Copyright.
"Students rely on access to content for the purposes of education," said
Sajjad. "The Copyright Act allows students to access content for
educational purposes - there should be no fee. Access Copyright is
scamming students. We hope the University of Toronto joins its peers
across the country and reconsiders its agreement with Access
The University of Toronto Students' Union represents more than 45,000
full-time undergraduate students at the University of Toronto.
SOURCE University of Toronto Students' Union
For further information:
Shaun Shepherd, President, University of Toronto Students' Union
416-556-2405 cell or 416-978-4911 ext. 223
Munib Sajjad, Vice President University Affairs, University of Toronto Students' Union
416-978-4911 ext. 230