uToronto, UWO criticized for signing Access Copyright agreement

February 3, 2012

The Canadian Association of University Teachers condemns the recent agreement the Universities of Toronto and Western Ontario have signed with Access Copyright, which it says "allows for the surveillance of faculty correspondence, unjustified restriction to copyright works and more than a million-dollar increase in fees." CAUT calls on other PSE institutions not to follow the 2 universities' "example of capitulating to Access Copyright." While it is pleased that students will be refunded a large portion of the Access Copyright levied by UWO for this academic year, the University Students' Council is concerned the institution will levy a new Access Copyright fee without seeking student approval or without holding meaningful consultations. Professors at both institutions have begun to publicly criticize the agreement. A uToronto law professor wrote on his blog that it is a step backward for the university, stating that US educators have been willing to fight for principles that their Canadian peers appear willing to give up. Western News | CAUT News | USC News Release | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)