Copyright has emerged as a hot issue on Canadian university campuses in
recent weeks as schools consider whether to sign the Access
Copyright model licence negotiated with the AUCC. Several
schools, including UBC,
have already indicated that they will not sign the licence, while
others (such as Queen's,
have reluctantly signed the letter of intent.
Many groups have voiced their strong objection to the licence,
including the CAUT,
These groups represent faculty,
students, and librarians - the three groups within education most
affected by the model
Last week, I was asked by the Association of Professors
Ottawa, the University of Ottawa faculty union, for my views. I opened
my remarks by emphasizing a key misconception often
Access Copyright and its supporters. The question being faced by the
universities is not whether to pay for copyright works. Universities,
faculty and students currently spend millions of dollars every year on
copyright materials and will continue to do so.
The only question is whether - in addition to existing expenditures on
books, licences, and in support of open access - they should also pay
the $26 per student fee to Access Copyright.
I believe the answer is no for the following six key reasons:
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