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Universities square off against copyright group

16 April 2013

From the CBC:

Some universities no longer feel the need to pay for the services of Access Copyright which has provided a pool of protected intellectual work for almost two decades while distributing royalties to the writers, artists and publishers it represents

A group of universities are now opting to navigate the world of intellectual property rights without a middle agent.

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Access Copyright is claiming Toronto’s York University, which opted out, has improperly been reproducing and authorizing the copying of protected works.

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Those institutions wouldn’t have to pay the tariff if they have direct licence agreements with publishers, use openly accessible work or copy a portion of a work small enough to be considered “fair dealing.”

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“At the end of the day, if Access Copyright is successful — although I have to say that based on where the law is at, that seems unlikely — we’re talking about millions and millions of dollars being paid by taxpayers to this group,” said Michael Geist, a University of Ottawa law professor who is an expert on intellectual property.

“The goal here is to scare post-secondary institutions into signing the licence.”

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The deal, effective until December 2015, requires institutions to pay the collective $26 per full-time equivalent student annually — an increase from a previous rate of $3.38 per full-time equivalent student plus a 10-cents-per-page royalty for copying protected works.

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