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Vancouver Sun: Copyright fees Could Force Universities to Embrace Digital Age

The Vancouver Sun picks up on my earlier column on how Canadian universities may increasingly shift toward using technology to deliver materials in light of fees demanded by Access Copyright.  Macleans also covered the same issue last week and Osgoode Hall Dean Lorne Sossin predicts that this year could be […]

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January 4, 2011 1 comment Must Reads

Canadian Education Faces Technology Tipping Point

Canadian universities and colleges have undergone a remarkable technological transformation over the past decade.  Ten years ago laptops were relatively rare in classrooms, yet today virtually every student comes to buildings outfitted with electric outlets and Internet connectivity at each seat equipped with one.  Course websites were once little more than places to post a syllabus and a list of readings, but today they feature podcasts, webcasts, the actual course readings, and space for ongoing discussion and debate.

While technology has become a core part of the educational process, my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes it has often been treated as a complement – rather than a replacement – for traditional educational materials.  Libraries still spend hundreds of millions of dollars on physical books and journals, some professors still generate paper-based coursepacks, and the schools themselves still pay millions of dollars in copying licensing fees.

The two-track approach may have made initial sense, but the costs of maintaining both are increasingly forcing universities to consider whether technology can replace conventional approaches. The tipping point toward using technology as a replacement may have come this year when Access Copyright, the copyright collective that licenses copying on Canadian campuses, demanded a significant increase in the fees associated with photocopying articles and producing printed coursepacks.

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December 23, 2010 11 comments Columns

Canadian Education Faces Technology Tipping Point

Appeared in the Toronto Star on December 19, 2010 as Canadian Education Faces Technology Tipping Point   Canadian universities and colleges have undergone a remarkable technological transformation over the past decade.  Ten years ago laptops were relatively rare in classrooms, yet today virtually every student comes to buildings outfitted with […]

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December 23, 2010 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Millions at Stake in Education Copyright Battle

Thousands of Canadian students headed back to school this month with many facing rising loans to pay for tuition, books, and accommodation.  My technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that as students struggle to make ends meet, significant new costs loom on the horizon as a result of a battle brewing over copying in universities and colleges.  Indeed, the University of Western Ontario has increased its student copying fee this year by over 500% in anticipation of the new fees.  The column – posted below – notes the many ways that universities access materials in ways that do not rely on the Access Copyright tariff yet still yield compensation for creators (or reflect their choice in making works freely available). That point seems to have been missed in this response from Alan Cumyn of the Writers’ Union of Canada.

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September 17, 2010 16 comments Columns

Millions at Stake in Education Copyright Battle

Appeared in the Toronto Star on September 13, 2010 as Significant New Costs Loom for Students Thousands of Canadian students headed back to school last week with many facing rising loans to pay for tuition, books, and accommodation.  As students struggle to make ends meet, significant new costs loom on […]

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September 13, 2010 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive