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.
- 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]
- 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]