The series on misleading on fair dealing continues with a post on transactional licensing and Access Copyright’s inexplicable opposition to a licensing system that currently generates millions of dollars in revenue for publishers and authors. Transactional licensing, which involves pay-per-use licences for specific uses not otherwise covered by institutional site licences, collective licences, or fair dealing, is widely used to ensure universities and colleges are compliant with copyright law (prior posts in the series include the legal effect of the 2012 reforms, the wildly exaggerated suggestion of 600 million uncompensated copies each year, the decline of books in coursepacks, the gradual abandonment of print coursepacks, the huge growth of e-book licensing, why site licences offer better value than the Access Copyright licence, my opening remarks to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage).
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The Copyright Board of Canada has rejected a request by the AUCC to require Access Copyright to issue transactional or pay-per-use licences. The refusal to issue such licences, which reflect an effort by universities to license the use of works, is likely to lead to universities seeking new alternatives for […]
Access Copyright has filed its response to the AUCC motion on its refusal to provide transactional licenses. As I’ve noted in recent posts, a growing number of Canadian universities are dropping the Access Copyright interim tariff, with or without the transactional licence.
Howard Knopf reports that the Copyright Board of Canada has given Access Copyright until tomorrow to respond to the AUCC filing on transactional licences. Follow-up responses are due by June 23rd, suggesting that the Board may move quickly to address the issue.
According to Access Copyright, since copying is now easier, a blanket licence is needed to guard against any potential uncompensated use: