On December 7, 2019, the Copyright Board of Canada certified new tariffs for the reprographic copying of literary works in the Access Copyright repertoire. The Copyright Board, in its published reasons, abstained from opining on the mandatory nature of the tariff, and it remains UBC’s position that the tariff is voluntary and does not automatically become binding on UBC upon certification. Since 2011, UBC, with the support of its faculty members, students, and staff, has implemented practices to ensure that copyrighted material is used in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Copyright Act without the involvement of Access Copyright’s tariff regime. The UBC Library pays authors and publishers in excess of $16 million each year and UBC remains committed to providing our academic community with the resources it needs to access learning and research material in a copyright-compliant manner.
- 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]