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ACCC Withdraws from Post-Secondary Education Tariffs Case at Copyright Board of Canada

copyright graphic webOttawa, ON, October 25, 2013 – The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) today announced it has withdrawn as an official objector in the judicial proceeding at the Copyright Board of Canada on Post-Secondary Education Tariffs, filed by Access Copyright. ACCC has been actively representing the copyright interests of its members since the start of this case in 2010.

A number of factors influenced this decision, including revised copyright legislation in 2012 that provides new rights for educational uses of copyright-protected works without permission or paying royalties and a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada interpreting fair dealing in an education context. Institutions have enhanced risk-management copying controls and practices and are increasingly relying on licences and database subscriptions to meet copying needs.

The Association’s Board approved withdrawal from the Copyright Board’s proceedings after extensive consultations with members.  A majority of ACCC members are not using, and do not intend to use, a Copyright Board tariff to meet their copying requirements. ACCC members currently using the Interim Tariff or the Model Licence intend to review these arrangements at the earliest opportunity. The Board therefore concluded that it made greater sense to focus resources on supporting its members than on financing a Copyright Board hearing in 2014.

“ACCC will now concentrate on helping colleges and institutes transition to a copyright regime based on fair dealing, licences and subscriptions negotiated directly with publishers and users’ rights in the Copyright Act,” said Denise Amyot, ACCC President and CEO.

ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics with 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities.