Model Copyright Agreement not a Model for Students
Model agreement between AUCC and Access Copyright expensive proposition for students
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – April 18, 2012 – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is disappointed that the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada is encouraging universities and colleges to sign on to a deal with Access Copyright that will be costly to students.
“Innovation today does not happen when you lock down publicly funded resources,” said Zachary Dayler, National Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. “This deal makes it harder for students and teachers to discover and share their findings.”
Access Copyright sells licenses to educational institutions to print copies of copyrighted works. The model agreement expands this claim by introducing new limits on how students and teachers can learn, share and innovate with material they have already paid for.
The model agreement also increases the Access Copyright flat fee by over 600%. Most colleges and universities will pass this fee directly on to students.
“Canada’s students do not stand behind this model agreement,” said Dayler. “We urge universities and colleges to consult with their student associations and consider other options. These are students’ dollars they are negotiating with.”
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Government Relations Officer, CASA
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