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University of Toronto’s license with Access Copyright set to end

December 11, 2013

Commitment to copyright law compliance remains top priority

TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto has been unable to reach an agreement with Access Copyright for a renewal of the current license at a price that we believe fairly values the service that Access Copyright provides. This outcome means that, in the year ahead, the University will operate for the first time in many years without a license with Access Copyright.

The University sought to obtain a license that reflected the significant evolution in copyright regulation that has occurred over the term of the current license, including the amendments to the Copyright Act in 2012, and the Supreme Court’s expansive approach to the user right of fair dealing in its 2012 decisions. We also tried to obtain a royalty rate that took into account changing technology, increased availability of open access material, changing publishing practices and changing user expectations.

Despite this outcome, the University will continue to be diligent about compliance with copyright law, making proper use of other licenses, of fair dealing, and of other permissions. We will continue to educate our faculty regarding copyright compliance, and will intensify efforts to make expert resources available through our libraries to faculty so that they can make the widest possible range of excellent teaching and study materials available to their students in a manner that fully respects the law.

The University of Toronto’s community consists of both users and creators of copyrighted material. The University remains committed to diligent compliance with the laws that address the rights of both.  In addition, the University spends over $27 million annually on library acquisitions, including licensed material and electronic resources, and also supports scholarly publishing through the University of Toronto Press.


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U of T Media Relations
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