- UBC has existing license agreements with over 950 publishers providing access to online resources. UBC’s decision positions us towards a sustainable future and full adoption of digital learning and teaching technologies.
- UBC remains concerned about the affordability of higher education, which is borne in part by taxpayers and in part by students. The measures taken by UBC since its 2011 decision have positioned it well and enable UBC’s students and faculty to access teaching and research materials more cost-effectively than if UBC were to enter into a license based on the model.
- The AUCC model license only permits copying of up to 10% of a work (20% in case of course packs) and only with respect to a narrow repertoire that is almost exclusively print-based. Therefore, the license would not be cost-effective for UBC and does not absolve faculty members and students from the need to respect the legal rights of copyright owners.
UBC deserves great credit for taking a principled stand at a time when the AUCC has abdicated its leadership on the copyright issue and many other universities seem likely to sign the agreement since the costs can simply be pased along to students. While there are obviously risks, there is also the opportunity for great rewards as UBC may position itself as a national leader at a time that other universities are content to take a major step backward.