UBC is not signing a license agreement with Access Copyright

This was released today from UBC today, May 15, 2012:

The following message is sent on behalf of David H. Farrar, Provost and Vice
President Academic (Vancouver) and Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor and
Principal (Okanagan).

After extensive review, the University of British Columbia has decided not to
sign a license agreement with Access Copyright (AC) based on the model that it
has recently negotiated with the Association of Universities and Colleges of
Canada (AUCC).

We believe we are taking the bolder, more principled and sustainable option,
which best serves the fundamental and long-term interests of our academic

AC, the copyright collective that collects copyright fees on behalf of a number
of publishers from universities and colleges in Canada, offered certain
one-time discount incentives to universities to sign a license based on the
model. In order to maximize such discount incentives, universities had to
determine by May 15, 2012, whether or not they would sign. In light of these
new developments, UBC reviewed its 2011 decision
to operate outside the tariff and has determined that it is in the best
interests of its students and faculty to stay the course and to not sign a
license with AC. In making this determination, UBC recognizes that the
circumstances of each university are unique and that different decisions will
be made across Canada.

We are determined to stay this course for three main reasons:

* UBC has existing license agreements with over 950 publishers providing access
to online resources.  UBC’s decision positions us towards a sustainable
future and full adoption of digital learning and teaching technologies.

* UBC remains concerned about the affordability of higher education, which is
borne in part by taxpayers and in part by students.  The measures taken by UBC
since its 2011 decision have positioned it well and enable UBC’s students and
faculty to access teaching and research materials more cost-effectively than if
UBC were to enter into a license based on the model.

* The AUCC model license only permits copying of up to 10% of a work (20% in
case of course packs) and only with respect to a narrow repertoire that is
almost exclusively print-based.   Therefore, the license would not be
cost-effective for UBC and does not absolve faculty members and students from
the need to respect the legal rights of copyright owners.

UBC’s faculty, staff, and students have worked very hard since 2011 when UBC
decided to operate in a copyright-compliant fashion without resorting to the
interim tariff. We thank you for your efforts and support since we embarked on
this course last year. We believe this reflects UBC’s core values:  academic
integrity, the respect of intellectual property rights and a sustainable

UBC remains committed to providing our academic community with the resources it
needs to easily and legally access learning and research material, including:

* The dedicated website (http://copyright.ubc.ca) with extensive information on
how to efficiently and legally access teaching and research materials;

* The existing UBC Copyright Advisory Group that responds to questions and
supports faculty and staff regarding appropriate use of copyrighted materials;

* Ongoing course pack production with copyright clearances arranged through the
Bookstore; and

* The new UBC Copyright Office, which will be established to further enhance
UBC’s capacity to support faculty, staff and students, through the provision
of one-on-one support for lecture note review for faculty members and other
instructional supports.

For more information and new developments, please consult the Copyright at UBC
website at: http://copyright.ubc.ca.

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