Students set to collectively save over $1.5 million dollars in ancillary
fees each year
TORONTO, Dec. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Students at the University of Toronto are
applauding a decision by the University of Toronto to reject renewing a
license by Access Copyright, saving students over $1.5 million each
year. Access Copyright claimed that the license would provide students
with the ability to use copyrighted works without penalty - a right
already granted to students through the Copyright Act. Affirmed by the
Supreme Court of Canada, students and researchers are permitted to use
copyrighted works for educational purposes. With this decision, the
University of Toronto joins a growing number of Canadian post-secondary
institutions that have rejected agreements with Access Copyright.
"This is a significant victory that will save students over $1.5 million
annually and is the result of a campaign led by students and faculty,"
said Agnes So, Vice-President University Affairs of the University of
Toronto Students' Union. "I am glad that the University of Toronto has
listened to our concerns and ended the collection of a fee that many
students saw as a cash grab."
The University of Toronto Students' Union was a vocal opponent to Access
Copyright, and spent the last year lobbying the university to retract
the deal. Under the license, each student at the University of Toronto
was charged $26 in fees that provided no service or protections for
"Students and faculty have always maintained that this fee is without
merit and problematic," said Susan Froom, President of the Association
of Part-time Undergraduate Students at the University of Toronto. "The
University of Toronto is rightfully joining the University of British
Columbia, Queen's University, the University of Western Ontario and
York University in rejecting the agreement."
University of Toronto students worked with faculty and allies at other
institutions to oppose the fee since its inception. Students filed an
objection through the Canadian Federation of Students with the Canadian
Association of University Teachers in opposition of the license and
"I am proud that together with students across the country we have been
able to raise widespread awareness about the issues with Access
Copyright through our membership in the Canadian Federation of
Students," said Melissa Theodore, Vice-President External of the
University of Toronto Mississauga Students' Union. "Going forward, I
hope that the University of Toronto will work together with students to
create fair copyright policies for our membership."
The University of Toronto Students' Union, the Association of Part-Time
Undergraduate Students and The University of Toronto Mississauga
Students' Union represent over 55,000 students at the University of
Toronto St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough campuses.
SOURCE: University of Toronto Students' Union
For further information:
Agnes So, Vice-President University Affairs, University of Toronto Students' Union, 647-996-0448
Susan Froom, President, Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students, 416-978-0832
Melissa Theodore, Vice-President External, University of Toronto Mississauga Students' Union, 905-828-5249