“…and has given notice to Access Copyright (AC) that it will not operate under the interim tariff after August 31, 2011.”
This is a fairly huge development here at UBC, as we are joining twenty-six other Canadian institutions in opting out, and in doing so will need to get our “new copyright environment” up and running by the end of this month.
We are trying to collect pertinent information and guidance at http://copyright.ubc.ca
I am hopeful that there will be some positive cultural shifts here at the University as a result of this development. There will be a higher profile for open educational resources and other Creative Commons licensed materials. And I dare to hope that some of the initial confusion and hassle around usage and “fair dealing” will inform and activate our energy when the impending revisions to Canadian copyright law again become an issue in the coming months.
In the meantime, there will be a lot of work to do informing and supporting the UBC community, and since I am listed as one of the copyright contacts I can only hope to be so positive about this decision in a few months. I’m grateful we have such amazing people at the UBC Library, our Bookstores and across the University working together on this. I believe that sharing of resources, strategies and experiences amongst the twenty-seven (and counting) schools that are making this transition will be critically important. On that note, I want to thank the University of Waterloo Library for making their wonderful resources available with a Creative Commons license. Their work was very valuable to us as we tried to get our own site built quickly (especially for our FAQ). I’m hopeful we can soon get the go-ahead to license more of our copyright resources Creative Commons as well.