uToronto, WesternU drop Access Copyright licenses

December 13, 2013

The University of Toronto and Western University have both decided not to renew their licenses with Access Copyright, a move that many PSE institutions have also made in the past few years. Both uToronto and WesternU said they were unable to reach agreements that take into account the changing copyright landscape, which includes “changing technology, increased availability of Open Access material, changing publishing practices, and changing user expectations.” The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) welcomed the announcements. “This is a victory for students at uToronto, at WesternU and across the country, who have been challenging Access Copyright agreements at PSE institutions for years,” says CFS National Chairperson Jessica McCormick. uToronto News Release | WesternU News Release | CFS News Release