A recent article in University Affairs on copyright in the academy may be of interest to the UBC community. The article, “Copyright back in the spotlight with several impending decisions” (21 September, 2016) by Anqi Shen, reviews a current Ontario court case in which Access Copyright (a copyright collective society registered with the Copyright Board of Canada) is seeking redress from York University for what it believes to be unfair copying at the school. York, like many universities (including UBC), decided in 2012 to decline the collective society’s copying tariff for reproducing copyrighted works, relying instead on a set of fair dealing guidelines developed by Universities Canada. The article provides comments from Access, librarians and legal scholars regarding the issues raised in the case and further notes that a mandatory review of the Copyright Act, scheduled for 2017, will provide another opportunity to achieve a balance between the rights of authors and those of users of copyright works for education, research and private study purposes.
- March 31, 2020
Bill C-4 Receives Royal Assent On March 13, 2020 Bill C-4, An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States, received Royal Assent. This Bill includes amendments to the Copyright Act. [Read more]
- March 16, 2020
Copyright Considerations for Online Courses There are a lot of pedagogical and technical issues that make the shift from in-person to online teaching challenging but copyright considerations do not change much and most of the things you are able to do in person, you are able to do online, especially when your online access is limited to students enrolled in your course. [Read more]
- December 13, 2019
On December 7, 2019, the Copyright Board of Canada certified new tariffs for the reprographic copying of literary works in the Access Copyright repertoire. [Read more]