CAUT reacts to Access Copyright v YorkU decision

July 17, 2017

The Canadian Association of University Teachers has deemed a recent federal ruling against York University to be a “setback for balanced copyright.” CAUT Executive Director David Robinson argues that fair dealing laws allow for the use of copyrighted works without permission from rights holders if the materials are used for research, education, and other specified purposes while meeting certain fairness standards. “It’s important that the education community work to preserve the principle of fair dealing and the rights of users to use copyrighted material for education and research,” Robinson says, noting that the CAUT is “very disappointed” with the court’s decision and that it hopes the decision will be appealed. YorkU has released a statement saying that it is also disappointed in the decision and that it will review the decision in the coming days before deciding how to move forward. CAUT | YorkU