Impact of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Canadian copyright legislation

On September 30, 2018 the Canadian government announced the completion of negotiations toward a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Read More

Update to Faculty FAQ

Your Teaching material was uploaded to a website without your authorisation or approval? Our new Instructor FAQ 2.19 and template might help.


Recently, the Copyright Board of Canada certified new tariffs for the performance of live and recorded music. In response, the Information about SOCAN and Re:Sound Fees at UBC webpage has been has been updated to more accurately reflect current tariffs and associated licence fees that may be applicable to the UBC community.

Federal Court of Canada issues decision in Access Copyright v. York University case

This morning, the Federal Court of Canada issued its decision in the litigation between Access Copyright and York University. The decision is over 100 pages and can be found here. UBC is currently reviewing this decision to determine what impact it might have on UBC.

What constitutes Fair Dealing in an educational environment

A recent article in University Affairs on copyright in the academy may be of interest to the UBC community.
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Facts in copyright and facts in plagiarism: The case of Maltz v Witterick

Two recent decisions by Canadian courts have surfaced interest in the concept of copyright in facts and data. This post will address the “ownership” of facts while a subsequent post will address copyright in data. Read More

Canada Adheres to Marrakesh Treaty

The recent federal budget (tabled in the House of Commons 21 April, 2015), included notification that Canada will accede to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. Read More

Proposed Changes to the Copyright Act – Sound Recordings

The recent federal budget (tabled in the House of Commons 21 April, 2015) included two measures that will have a profound effect on the use of copyrighted works in Canada. Read More

Theses and Dissertations Guide Update

As of April 15, 2015, changes have been made to the Theses and Dissertations Guide in order to better align the guide with submission requirements set out by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. In particular, modifications were made to the section of the guide that outlines what is required when students are unable to get permission […]