A Licence With Limited Value: Copyright Board Delivers Devastating Defeat to Access Copyright

Michael Geist, May 25, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Copyright Board of Canada delivered what Michael Geist calls a devastating defeat to Access Copyright on Friday. Access Copyright is the organization that putatively collects royalties for the copying of books and articles at universities and public institutions. Basically, every one of their claims was rejected (Geist provides an handy-dandy table). The Board pointed out that Access Copyright only has agreements covering 0.005% of the copied works and that its incredibly narrow notion of 'fair dealing' is not accurate. The fact that Access Copyright does not actually own the right it's selling licenses for is to me the telling blow.

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