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UBC Sets the Record Straight on University Spending on Copyright Materials

UBC President Stephen Toope has written an important letter responding to criticism from the Writers’ Union of Canada over his university’s reliance on fair dealing. Consistent with many universities across the country, UBC has moved away from the Access Copyright licence, focusing instead on a combination of fair dealing, open access, and site licences. The Toope letter notes how much the university community still pays for copyright materials and how little course pack sales are in relationship to overall spending:

UBC pays in the neighbourhood of $25 million to publishers and authors every year. In fiscal 2011/12, UBC spent approximately $2 million on book acquisitions, $2 million on print serials, and $10 million on digitally licensed subscriptions for students and faculty to access through its library system. UBC also sold approximately $14 million of books directly to students and faculty (for which UBC paid publishers about $10 million). In the same period, total course pack sales were about $1 million, less than 4% of the total spent on learning materials. Responsive to the needs of today’s students, UBC’s faculty members are increasingly utilizing online modes of content delivery, which means that course pack production volumes will form an even smaller percentage over time.

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September 16, 2013 Comments are Disabled News

UBC Will Not Sign the AUCC – Access Copyright Deal

UBC, one of Canada’s largest universities, has announced that it will not sign the Access Copyright model licence. The decision is particularly notable since UBC President Stephen Toope is also the chair of AUCC, which negotiated the model licence. UBC says it is “taking the bolder, more principled and sustainable […]

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May 16, 2012 6 comments News

UBC the Latest to Opt-Out of Access Copyright Interim Tariff

UBC has become the latest Canadian university to announce that it is opting out of the Access Copyright interim tariff.  The third largest university outside of Quebec (behind only the University of Toronto and York University – York has already announced that it is opting out), UBC notes that it […]

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August 9, 2011 33 comments News

UBC Launches License Database as Access Copyright Agreement Nears Expiry

With the Access Copyright agreement expiring at the end of the December, UBC has taken a step toward walking away from the collective by establishing a license database to track the rights to various works for professors and students at the school.

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November 25, 2010 1 comment News

UBC Fights for the Right to Monitor Employees

The Vancouver Province reports that UBC is going to court to fight a B.C. Privacy Commissioner order that ruled against their use of computer monitoring software to track employee Internet usage.

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October 25, 2007 3 comments News