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.
- July 17, 2020
New DVD digitization service to support online learning In order to better support online learning, UBC Library is now offering a service to convert content on DVD to streaming video. This service is limited to course-required content for students to be viewed outside the classroom. Instructors can make requests via Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR). [Read More]
- June 3, 2020
York University v. Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright) UpdateIn 2013, Access Copyright commenced a legal case against York University in Federal Court seeking enforcement of an interim tariff approved by the Copyright Board. York, which had refused an Access licence in 2011, claimed that the tariff was not mandatory and further stated that the application of its Fair Dealing Guidelines and practices protected it from any claim of infringement. [Read more]
- 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]