Facebook page protests the #ACdeal, Canada’s university copyright disaster

20120429-231427.jpgA new Facebook page provides critical information, discussion, and networking on the ongoing situation between Access Copyright and Canada’s postsecondary institutions:

STOP the Canadian university copyright disaster NOW.

“Like” the page, post and discuss content, and share the link (since, so far, sharing links is still a free reference activity, not – as Access Copyright’s model license would have it – a chargeable copying activity).


As you may be aware, especially if you follow the lower-profile developments in copyright regulation, the copyright collecting society Access Copyright (AC) is pressuring Canadian universities and colleges to adopt a “model license” for blanket copyright clearance of photocopying on campus – but the license hurts students financially, flouts legal definitions of copying, and curtails academic freedom. And universities that don’t agree to this license face an even more punitive tariff instead.

If you haven’t been following this story, and you’re a #cdnpse student or employee, you have cause for serious concern. For a quick briefing about this crisis, see the links in this post at my #AthaU blog:

“What you need to know about the #ACdeal: seven short must-reads.”

If there’s one article that best summarizes the #ACdeal crisis, it’s the one by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT): “A bad deal: the AUCC/Access Copyright model license agreement.”

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