Currently Universities and Colleges across Canada are spending hundreds of man-and-woman hours pulling together a list of copy machines, computers, scanners, etc., at the whim of Access
Canada Copyright (got the name wrong throughout this post, initially), the agency created, and then named in high irony, to restrict the educational use of materials, to pursue an obsolete model of protecting the interests of creators, and to funnel the resulting funds into pockets unknown. At least, that’s what you might think their mandate was if you judged by their actions. For their self-image, see their About Us page.
Backed in this request by the Copyright Board of Canada, Access
Canada Copyright intends that all Canadian students should increase their payments from $5.16 to $45/$35 per student. It’s all in their Statement of Proposed Royalties.
The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the Canadian Library Association, and many others have objected to the increases, and not only on financial grounds. All objectors were dismissed, except the AUCC and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.
I cannot believe the Board dismissed the CLA. The best summary of objections is produced by the CLA (see above). From the university library community, this letter of support for the AUCC.
In any case. it is obvious that Access
Canada Copyright suffers from the effects of too much of their own Kool-aid. Their recipe for a Board of Directors is one part publishing industry advocates, one part creator advocates, and zero parts public interest advocates. No wonder they are sleep walking into this. If they knew a bit more about who they are trying to sell their licenses to, they might come up with a better strategy.