ACCC withdraws from Access Copyright battle

October 30, 2013

The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) has announced that it has withdrawn from its role as an official objector in the Copyright Board of Canada case, filed by Access Copyright, on the appropriate tariff for PSE institutions. ACCC had been actively representing the copyright interests of its members since the start of this case in 2010, but its members have decided to withdraw due to several factors, including copyright legislation revised in 2012 that provides new rights for educational use of copyright-protected works without permission or paying royalties, and a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada interpreting fair dealing in an education context. Also, a majority of ACCC members are not using, nor intend to use, a Copyright Board tariff to meet their copying requirements. “ACCC will now concentrate on helping colleges and institutes transition to a copyright regime based on fair dealing, licences and subscriptions negotiated directly with publishers and users’ rights in the Copyright Act,” said Denise Amyot, ACCC President and CEO. ACCC News Release