On December 11, 2013, the University of Western Ontario announced that they were unable to reach an agreement with Access Copyright and that they would not renew a contract with the organization. The London chapter of the Progressive Librarians’ Guild would like to commend the university for their decision, which promotes the fair use of copyrighted material for education.
Our chapter believes that an agreement with Access Copyright limits the fair use of materials in academia to the detriment of education, but also scholastic advancement. We believe that the Canadian Government has clearly defined academic fair use for the benefit of the academic community and that Access Copyright limits the rights defined for Canadians in the Copyright Modernization Act.
This semester the PLG would like to acknowledge this advancement, but also promote this decision within the university with the objective to better inform university’s students of their educational rights with copyrighted materials.