Archive for April 24th, 2012

Other People’s Money: Why AUCC Signed the Most Expensive Copyright Insurance Policy in Cdn History

Car rental companies are infamous for encouraging customers to sign up for expensive liability insurance policies. Since many renters already have coverage from their own automotive insurance policies or can rely upon insurance coverage provided by their credit card issuer, the decision whether to sign up for a costly additional policy frequently depends upon who is paying the bill. If the individual is on the hook, they will often decline coverage and rely on their existing policies. If someone else is paying, it becomes easier to justify signing up for the additional coverage.

Last week, the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada, which represents dozens of Canada’s leading universities, signed up for one of the most expensive copyright insurance policies in Canadian history. My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes the policy comes in the form of a controversial model copyright licensing agreement with Access Copyright, a copyright collective that licenses copying and distribution of copyrighted works such as books, journals, and other texts. Should AUCC members sign the agreement – it falls to each individual university to decide whether to do so – they will pay $26 per full time student per year for the right to copy works from the Access Copyright repertoire.

Read more ›

April 24, 2012 25 comments Columns

Consumers International Releases 2012 IP Watch List

With the USTR Special 301 report slated for release next week, Consumers International has released its annual IP Watch List.  It adopts a consumer-oriented perspective, as the best-rated countries tend to be those with the broadest copyright limitations, that allow enough room for innovative reuse of content, and the free […]

Read more ›

April 24, 2012 3 comments Must Reads

French Circumvent Twitter Ban on Election Results

The NY Times reports on how Twitter users in France circumvented a law prohibiting the early publication of election results over the weekend. Canadians faced a similar ban during the last election, but the government has since announced plans to change the law.

Read more ›

April 24, 2012 4 comments Must Reads

Backlash Against Academic Publishing Continues to Grow

The backlash against the current academic publishing continues to grow, with the Harvard Library’s Faculty Advisory Council finding that “large journal publishers have made the scholarly communication environment fiscally unsustainable and academically restrictive” and promoting open access alternatives. Meanwhile, the Guardian featured an article on the issue over the weekend, […]

Read more ›

April 24, 2012 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Other People’s Money: Why AUCC Signed the Most Expensive Copyright Insurance Policy in Cdn History

Appeared in the Toronto Star on April 22, 2012 as The most expensive copyright insurance policy in Canadian history Car rental companies are infamous for encouraging customers to sign up for expensive liability insurance policies. Since many renters already have coverage from their own automotive insurance policies or can rely […]

Read more ›

April 24, 2012 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive