AUCC-Access Copyright agreement draws criticism

April 18, 2012

The Canadian Association of University Teachers is urging institutions to refuse to enter the AUCC-Access Copyright model license agreement, arguing that it "fails to reflect current law and undermines efforts to create better ways of accessing, using and sharing educational and research material." Disappointed with the agreement, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance notes that while the licence model falls short of the $45 per-student fee originally proposed by Access Copyright, the new $26 fee represents a significant hike in costs compared to the previous tariff. OUSA says Ontario institutions will likely pass these new costs directly to students, and that it's unclear how the fee will be charged to students. For universities that sign the model licence, the new deal is simply more of the same, says Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa. "AUCC and its institutions pass along copyright costs to students, Access Copyright gets millions in revenues despite ongoing questions about its repertoire (with thousands used to lobby against education copyright reforms and most of the money going to foreign collectives and publishers, not authors), and the potential for digitally-oriented changes within Canadian higher education heading back to the back burner." CAUT News | OUSA News | Michael Geist blog