Getting More Bang for our Research and Copyright Buck

Professor Geist's regular Toronto Star Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, HTML backup article, homepage version) addresses several much-needed reforms for the Canadian education and research communities to get more bang for their research and copyright buck. In particular, it argues that Canadian universities must stop throwing away millions of dollars each year by paying unnecessary copy licenses to copyright collectives such as Access Copyright. The research community would also benefit from establishing a requirement for the public dissemination of research results for publicly funded research as well as a clear signal from the federal government that it will not ratify the WIPO Internet treaties, which have created a chill among researchers in several critical areas.

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