A Licence With Limited Value: Copyright Board Delivers Devastating Defeat to Access Copyright - Michael Geist

The Copyright Board painstakingly reviewed copy after copy to ensure that they were all fairly compensated. As had been readily apparent for years, the problem facing Access Copyright is not that copies are not valued, but rather that its licence is not valuable. The Board's analysis makes it clear that the licence only applies in a tiny number of circumstances given a reasonable reading of fair dealing, insubstantial copying, alternative licensing, and a repertoire that has limits....

May 25, 2015 · 2 min

Michael Geist - Educational Fair Dealing Policy Shows Why the Access Copyright Licence Provides Little Value

via Michael Geist - Educational Fair Dealing Policy Shows Why the Access Copyright Licence Provides Little Value. Comparing the scope of the copying rights under fair dealing and the Access Copyright licence provides a good sense of why the licence now provides little value. Note that before considering either fair dealing or the Access Copyright licence, educational institutions will first rely on hundreds of site licenses that grant access to millions of articles and other materials or on the millions of open access works that are freely available online....

October 1, 2012 · 1 min

University of Calgary opts out of Access Copyright

The Provost announced today: The University of Calgary has announced that they will not enter into an Access Copyright model licence but instead will manage copyright compliance and payments in-house. The Copyright Office in Libraries and Cultural Resources has been expanded and new tracking software, Ares, has been purchased. Information Technologies is working closely with LCR to implement the software, integrate it with Blackboard and link it to other campus systems as required....

August 27, 2012 · 1 min

Michael Geist - Why the Supreme Court's Copyright Decisions Eviscerate Access Copyright's Business Model

The cumulative effect is clear: schools can rely more heavily on fair dealing for the copying that takes place on campus and in the classroom. This includes copies made by teachers for students for instructional purposes, copies that previously formed a core part of Access Copyright's claim of the necessity of a license. Indeed, it will be very difficult for educational institutions to justify the Access Copyright license in light of this decision....

July 17, 2012 · 1 min