Copyright Board of Canada ruling on Access Copyright has broad PSE implications

May 27, 2015

The Copyright Board of Canada last week issued a ruling that uOttawa law professor Michael Geist describes as a "devastating defeat" to Access Copyright. The decision grants Access Copyright just cents per employee for copying done by workers in the provincial governments, well below the $15 per employee for the period from 2005–09 and $24 per employee for 2010–14 the organization had originally sought. But the decision not only deals a significant financial blow to Access Copyright; it has long-term implications for Access Copyright's role in the education sector. Geist notes that the Board also rejected Access Copyright's broad definition of its own repertoire, its understanding of what constitutes "substantial" copying, and every one of its claims regarding fair dealing. Access Copyright said it will review the decision and assess its appeal options. Geist Blog | Board Decision | Access Copyright Statement