QNC: Access Copyright update (14 May 2012)

As posted on Queen’s News Centre, 14 May 2012.  No mention is made of the many liabilities of or protests against Access Copyright:  see also posts by CAUT and QULA.

Queen’s will be signing a letter of intent to accept the model licence agreed on by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and Access Copyright. The non-binding letter of intent, due by May 15, 2012, will allow the university more time to consider whether to accept the model licence.

Queen’s, as well as many other Canadian universities, has operated without a licence since the end of December 2010. In its place, Access Copyright proposed to the Copyright Board of Canada a tariff that is still under consideration. In August 2011 Queen’s opted out of an interim tariff imposed by the Copyright Board.

“The tariff proposed by Access Copyright raised many concerns that Queen’s shared with other universities. Our concerns included issues relating to scope, cost and privacy,” says Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).

Universities have been reviewing the new model licence with those concerns in mind. Signing the licence would protect the university community from the imposition of a tariff and associated monitoring practices, which are likely to be more onerous than what will occur under the model licence.

Any survey of an institution’s copying under the provision of this licence would respect the principles of academic freedom, would not extend to faculty emails or interactive portions of learning management systems, and would acknowledge each institution’s collective agreements.

The university has received contingent approval from the Board of Trustees to charge a fee of up to $22.50 per full-time equivalent (FTE) student, in the event the university does sign the agreement. The university will pay the difference between the licence’s proposed $26 per FTE charge and any student fee imposed.

A copy of the model licence is posted here.

For assistance with any copyright related issues, contact the Copyright Advisory Office at copy.right@queensu.ca.

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