University Of Calgary Refusing To Pay Access Copyright Any More
from the breaking-out-of-the-stranglehold dept
We’ve written a bunch about Canadian copyright collecting society Access Copyright, which gets universities to pay up for a license to cover people photocopying educational material. The organization doesn’t really distribute very much of its money to content creators and yet it’s been seeking a massive 1,300% increase in fees — and Access Copyright claims that even if professors just link to copyrighted content, they have to clear that through Access Copyright.
Not everyone believes that’s the case. The University of Calgary has said that the new fees are way too high, and it will no longer use Access Copyright at all. Instead, it will seek to clear any copyrights directly, when needed, or otherwise encourage professors to link to material online that students can use. It will be interesting to see if Access Copyright challenges the university for doing so. How much do you want to bet that Access Copyright will now be snooping around, looking for a professor who fails to properly clear a photocopy somewhere.
Update: Looks like York University is about to do the same thing.