Friday, July 19, 2013

Deadline Passes for Objections to Access Copyright (Post-Secondary Educational Institutions Tariff) 2014-2017

The deadline for objecting to the above proposed tariff was July 17, 2013.

The only objections filed were by ACCC, CAUT and CFS.

Notably absent was any objection by AUCC on behalf of Canadian universities.

It will be recalled that AUCC abruptly withdrew its objection to the previously proposed tariff on April 24, 2012 after having settled with Access Copyright  in a manner that took almost all of AUCC's membership by complete surprise.  Before withdrawing, AUCC had suffered several setbacks, including losing two judicial review applications in the Federal Court of Appeal, with costs awarded in AC’s favour. At that time, AUCC had reportedly spent about $1.7 million on legal fees. Canadian universities were left with many unanswered questions and without representation in the ongoing hearing at the Copyright Board. 

In fact, with the lawsuit against York University now pending there are even more unanswered questions. That lawsuit was filed on April 8, 2013. As of this morning, there is no indication that a Statement of Defence has been filed on behalf of York. 

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