Copyright Board of Canada certified new tariffs

On December 7, 2019, the Copyright Board of Canada certified new tariffs for the reprographic copying of literary works in the Access Copyright repertoire. The Copyright Board, in its published reasons, abstained from opining on the mandatory nature of the tariff, and it remains UBC’s position that the tariff is voluntary and does not automatically become binding on UBC upon certification. Since 2011, UBC, with the support of its faculty members, students, and staff, has implemented practices to ensure that copyrighted material is used in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Copyright Act without the involvement of Access Copyright’s tariff regime. The UBC Library pays authors and publishers in excess of $16 million each year and UBC remains committed to providing our academic community with the resources it needs to access learning and research material in a copyright-compliant manner.