Access Copyright collects royalties for course packs, anthologies of readings from books and journals compiled by professors. Under the agreement, the fee has been changed from $3.83 plus 10 cents a page to a flat fee of $27.50 for all course packs, which students pay.
The agency also states that hyperlinks to copyright material — contained in an email from a professor to a student, for example — fall under the tariff agreement. The $27.50 covers those royalties too.
But the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) says the agreement states that linking to a website is equivalent to making an illegal reproduction and allows for faculty emails to be monitored.
— University profs up in arms over copyright deal, Toronto Star.
The new agreement also revised the definition of “copy” to include digital copying of copyrighted work and sending an email containing such copies, among others. Also included within these parameters are displaying digital copies on a computer and projecting digital images using a computer.
— Students and faculty fume over U of T’s new copyright agreement, The Varsity.
Currently, 34 post-secondary institutions across Canada have chosen to opt out of Access Copyright or fight its demands at the Copyright Board of Canada.
“Ryerson, along with most Canadian universities with the exception of those in Quebec . . . have opted to work together through AUCC in a legal discussion with Copyright Canada,” said president Sheldon Levy. “The (University of Toronto-Western) agreement came as a surprise.”
— Universities oppose Access Copyright, Ryersonian.
Donc si j’ai bien compris, Access Copyright, l’organisme chargé de gérer, entre autres, les droits de reproduction des livres dans le cadre de l’université a décidé d’augmenter ses tarifs, mais surtout que les liens internets dans un email constituait une copie en soit et d’appeler de ses vœux la surveillance des mails universitaires. Cela avec l’accord de l’Université de Toronto et de l’université Western Ontario. Du grand n’importe quoi.