It is open access week and this year I had the honour of delivering the keynote address at a terrific open access event co-sponsored by the Ryerson University Library and Archives and the University of Toronto Libraries. My talk – which can be viewed in full here or from the embed below – starts with a review of the remarkable success of open access over the past 15 years, but quickly shifts toward the continuing connection between balanced copyright and open access.
I focus on emerging challenges for open access such as the enclosure efforts by publishers, which has led to a growing number of takedowns and the use of digital rights management to lock down publications. With the Canadian Copyright Act review slated to commence shortly, I emphasize the connection between open access, open educational resources and copyright, with some of the key issues involving term extension, notice-and-notice, statutory damages, and fair dealing.
Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair.