An important message about Access Copyright and Western University from PLG London. If you are a student at any institution and any level, you should be aware of your rights. A lot of work needs to be done by universities to make copyright laws transparent and understandable for students and faculty. Cancelling the agreement with Access Copyright is not just about cost–it’s about privacy and about our right to access and use information. Thanks Ali and Matt!
Recently, Western University declared that they are cancelling their current agreement with Access Copyright by January 2013 and intend to re-negotiate a new deal starting January 2013. Citing cost as the key issue, the university hopes to renegotiate for a deal that better reflects the current Canadian copyright laws. Access Copyright is a small organization that acts as the middle man for our academic community and the authors of the works we use in course packs, lectures, and research. At a cost of $27.50 per full-time student, it is clear that the cost of the agreement has been a concern for some time. However, criticism of Access Copyright’s agreement should not lie solely with the cost.
The agreement is both out-of-date and invades the privacy of the students, staff, and faculty it is meant to serve. For example, Access Copyright requires the university to monitor and provide samples of the…
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