Objection to Access Copyright’s 1300% student tariff increase

[If you want to object, you’ve got until Wednesday. See Howard Knopf’s blog, or Michael Geist’s, for details.]

Dear Mr McDougall [gilles.mcdougall@cb-cda.gc.ca],

I am writing, as a university professor, to object to Access Copyright’s proposed Post-Secondary Educational Institution Tariff 2011-13.

AC’s sought-for fees are exorbitant and excessive; they will unfairly burden public education budgets; they will gravely chill Canadian research and teaching; and they seek to arrogate licensing authority over a set of rights and a repertoire (of digital content and everyday communication practices) to an organization, AC, that does not own either these rights or this repertoire (some of which are protected under fair dealing provisions, as decisions like that in the 14 May 2010 SOCAN “previews” case continue to uphold).

For a distance-education institution like Athabasca University, the fees and restrictions (as well as the consequently onerous record-keeping) being proposed by AC will acutely compromise our ability to teach and research effectively, and to fulfil our mandate of removing barriers to access to postsecondary education.

Thank you for fielding and registering this objection.

with best regards,

– Dr. Mark A. McCutcheon
Assistant Professor
Centre for Language & Literature
Centre for Integrated Studies
Athabasca University

Sent: 4:54 pm, 9 Aug. 2010

References:
The SOCAN “Previews” case
IP lawyer (and AC member!) Howard Knopf: Access Copyright’s excessive $45 per university student proposed tariff – August 11, 2010 deadline
IP & e-commerce prof Michael Geist: “Access Copyright’s 1300% Tariff Increase – Deadline to Object is August 11, 2010”
TechDirt: “Access Copyright Wants $45 From Every University Student For Copying & Even Linking To Copyright Works”

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  2. My objection is in!

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