KFA Opposes KPU Signing Access Copyright Licence Agreement

June 26, 2012


Your Kwantlen Faculty Association is concerned that Kwantlen intends to sign the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada-Access Copyright model licence agreement by June 30, despite opposition from faculty and students.

The proposed agreement contains clauses that could restrict scholarly communications, limit faculty members’ ability to communicate with students, and will require the implementation of survey instruments to monitor bibliographic data of works being copied. Just what this survey instrument will entail is unknown. This agreement also limits fair dealing—just when Bill C-11, which has passed the House of Commons and is now at the Senate, will expand fair dealing for educational purposes.

Your KFA has participated in the Access Copyright Teach-in on June 13, co-sponsored with the KSA the Excess Access Copyright post card campaign, and sent a joint KFA-KSA letter of protest to Kwantlen President John McKendry expressing our concerns about the administration’s decision to sign a letter of intent with Access Copyright and urging a reconsideration of this decision. We have also struck a joint KFA-KSA committee to work on this issue.

Lending support to the KFA’s opposition to the agreement, Jim Turk, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), has sent a letter to President McKendry urging him to reconsider the decision to sign the letter of intent.

More information on the model licence agreement can be found on the KFA website.

Institutions like Mount Royal, UBC, the University of Waterloo, Athabasca University and York University have chosen to opt out of the agreement. Over the next week your KFA will continue to encourage the administration to refrain from signing the agreement and instead explore a different option.

Excess Access Copyright postcards are available in the KFA office if you would like to send one, or you can email the President your views at john.mckendry@kwantlen.ca.

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