University of Toronto, Western Provide Notice to Access Copyright That They Will Not Extend Licence

Ariel Katz reports that the University of Toronto has notified Access Copyright that it will not extend the current licence agreement. It points to a range of factors – the SCC decisions, copyright reform, and open access among them – to argue that there should be substantial reductions in the royalty rate. The university is open to negotiating a new agreement with that in mind. Meanwhile, Western is adopting much the same position, notifying Access Copyright that it will not be renewing but leaving the door open to a new agreement with reduced fees.

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