Access Copyright v. York University, and the Friends of Intellectual Property

January 22nd, 2018 by  | 1 Comment

Last summer, York University declared that it will appeal the July 12, 2017 ruling of the Federal Court of Canada that was made in favor of Access Copyright, whose tariff on course materials, approved by Copyright Board of Canada, the university refused to pay. Instead of paying a set fee per student, York had relied on its interpretation of fair dealing to guide its faculty’s use of course readings. The court’s decision, delivered by Justice Michael L. Phelan, has been much commented upon, and I seek to add but a late footnote’s worth of further context as an educator and student of the law, given that the case is not yet settled.

Read the complete article on SLAW: Canada’s online legal magazine.

One Comment on "Access Copyright v. York University, and the Friends of Intellectual Property"

  1. Vedran Vucic says:

    I think that Canada should be the world leading example of supporting education by giving educational materials free to students. Publishers usually treat knowledge as commodity which they did not produce nor invested in the development. Thus, so called intelectual property in those cases is rather fake term that is not possibel strictly to determine, define and consequently legaly articulate as objective entity.
    This is not issue of law, it is issue of obsolete business models that state support for the benefit of common failure.

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