UBC CONTINUES TO SUPPORT AUCC IN ITS NEGOTIATIONS WITH ACCESS COPYRIGHTThis seems to confirm concerns, as articulated by Sam Trosow, that "Access Copyright is hoping for a domino-effect, that other institutions will similarly abandon their opposition and sign a similar license."
The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) has been in ongoing negotiations with Access Copyright to come to an arrangement that would meet the needs of its member universities and colleges. On January 30, 2012, the University of Toronto and Western University announced that they had entered into licence agreements with Access Copyright. AUCC is studying these new agreements to determine whether they contain elements that could be used to help AUCC and Access Copyright reach an arrangement. UBC continues to support AUCC in its ongoing efforts. Should AUCC and Access Copyright reach agreement, UBC, like many others across the country, would review that outcome to determine whether it meets UBC’s specific interests.
So - should Canadian universities settle now on what are arguably significantly worse terms than the likely outcome of a hard fought Copyright Board case? Or is the best defence a good offence? Is a good offence even possible at this stage?
More to come in due course...