Ontario Public School Boards Preparing To Drop Access Copyright Next Year
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Monday October 15, 2012
The advisory to the school boards includes the following (the fair dealing guidelines, which are very similar to the fair dealing policy adopted by the ACCC, can be found here):
The Fair Dealing Guidelines describe a "safe harbour", not absolute limits. Copying or communicating a copyright-protected work within the prescribed limits will, according to the advice of legal counsel, almost certainly be fair. Copying beyond those limits may or may not be fair.
An earlier Supreme Court of Canada decision regarding copyright and fair dealing held that adopting institutional guidelines on fair dealing that provide safeguards to copyright owners is an important element in establishing whether copies are "fair". Therefore, the Fair Dealing Guidelines also set out safeguards for copyright owners that will help school board staff deal fairly with copyright protected material. A copy of the Fair Dealing Guidelines is attached.
It is important that school boards implement these Fair Dealing Guidelines in order to claim the full benefit of fair dealing. Therefore, these Guidelines must be incorporated into school board policies and communicated to all schools prior to December 31 2012 in order for a school board to ensure that it has fulfilled its obligations and can opt out of paying the current certified Access Copyright Tariff. The Ontario Ministry of Education will begin the process to have these guidelines officially incorporated into a PPM. However, as the Ministry's PPM will take some time to be developed, and member boards need to have policies updated and shared with schools by December 31 2012, OPSBA is sharing the guidelines now.
With K-12 schools (via CMEC) and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges both concluding that the Access Copyright licence is no longer needed, the reverberations from this summer's Supreme Court of Canada decision continues. The AUCC, which urged its members to sign a model licence with Access Copyright before the release of the SCC decisions, is now the last major education organization to address the issue.
Monday October 15, 2012
We want to enhance competition and investment in this country, and this is why we adopted this policy back in 2008 for the AWS spectrum. Let me say that the price went down by an average of 11% since then, and we will continue this way with the 700 megahertz spectrum. We launched consultation with the industry to make sure that we enhance competition and provide better choice and better rates for our consumers.
Last week I wrote about the National Post seeking $150 licences for posting short excerpts online. It appears that the paper has now dropped the system.Mar.12/13Comments (1)