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.
- August 4, 2021
The Supreme Court of Canada Delivered its Judgment in York University v. Canadian Copyright Licensing AgencyIn a unanimous decision, the SCC found that tariffs set by the Copyright Board of Canada are not mandatory and that users are not bound by them unless they voluntarily accept their terms. [Read More]
- November 19, 2020
Changes to the Theses and Dissertations GuideThe Theses and Dissertations Guide has been updated to reflect changes to UBC’s policy on the inclusion of materials provided under fair dealing. [Read More]
- 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]