Access Copyright Legal Action

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The Steering Committee of CAPAL is troubled to learn that Access Copyright is taking legal action against a number of institutions which it claims “copy -and promote the copying – of copyright-protected materials without a licence.” (http://www.accesscopyright.ca/media/35670/2013-04-08_ac_statement.pdf) This includes York University which opted out of the AUCC/Access Copyright agreement.  Jim Turk, Executive Director of CAUT, has stated that CAUT believes “the AUCC-Access Copyright model agreement harms the interests of academic staff and students, fails to reflect current law and undermines efforts to create better ways of accessing, using and sharing educational and research material.” CAUT’s detailed analysis of the AUCC/Access Copyright model license agreement is available here: http://www.caut.ca/pages.asp?page=10   The latest news from CAUT on this situation can be read here: http://www.caut.ca/pages.asp?page=1147 .Attached is a copy of CAUT’s letter to Access Copyright.