David Murakami Wood, Open Letter on Access Copyright (24 May 2012)

From a campus email, 24 May 2012.  Posted by permission.

Dear all,

I don’t usually do this, but I am sending you this message to encourage you to write to the Provost, Alan Harrison, and the University Librarian, Martha Whitehead, to ask them not to sign Queen’s up to the restrictive, expensive and unnecessary Access Copyright license. Please forward this message to anyone you think would be concerned.

This license has already been rejected entirely by several universities including UBC, Windsor, Winnipeg and Athabasca. Having previously taken a strong stance against it, now Queen’s has signed a ‘letter of intent’ giving us more time to consider the agreement – so now is the time to tell the Provost and University Librarian what you think.

If you don’t know much about this, and why it is so important, please read link to what Michael Geist, Canada’s leading expert on digital copyright, says about the agreement:

http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/6507/125/

Here is the recent official statement from the Provost:  http://www.queensu.ca/news/articles/access-copyright-update

The e-mail address of the Provost: provost@queensu.ca

The e-mail address of the University Librarian: martha.whitehead@queensu.ca

Thank-you.

David Murakami Wood

Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies, Surveillance Studies Centre,

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology,

Cross-appointed in Department of Geography,

Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

dmw@queensu.ca

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