Canada: College Press: "Copyright Laws Cause Confusion at UBC"
Professors and students are struggling to figure out how to stay within the legal bounds of copyright since UBC opted out of a licensing agreement with Access Copyright (AC) back in August. However, the university has said that the academic community should already have been aware of limits set out in Canada’s Copyright Act.
“We’re having to do this very quickly,” explained Allen Bell, UBC’s library digital initiatives director. “Everyone’s coming back to campus and they’re learning about something that they should have known in the course of history but they didn’t. There’s a big hill to climb in terms of education.”
Essentially, professors can no longer rely on AC’s license to cover photocopied material they want to use for classes, explained Bell.
But certain rules—about digital copies, slides or online reference, for example—were already misinterpreted.
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