Federal Court Decision on Copyright

Post Date:
Jul 20, 2017

On July 12, 2017, Access Copyright, (a collective representing creators and publishers in Canada) won a lawsuit in the Federal Court against York University.

This is a complex case, and the Federal Court’s decision could have broad implications for the post-secondary sector.  

Queen’s is reviewing the decision and is consulting with Universities Canada and its member universities.  The Queen’s Copyright Office will post additional information as it becomes available.

In the interim, faculty are still encouraged to continue to submit their course materials through the eReserves System.

Using eReserves, educators can add, edit, and customize course readings. This service functions like a digital course-pack, and is accessible, free and available to students 24 hours a day. The deadline for Fall and Fall/Winter reading lists is August 21. Through eReserves, the library will:

  • Scan print books and journal articles
  • Acquire copyright permissions as needed
  • Provide links to electronic library resources
  • Adapt materials to meet accessibility standards
  • Archive materials for use in future
  • Provide links to physical reserve items

For more information about eReserves please consult the following links:

The AMS Copy Centre and the Campus Bookstore continue to provide print course-packs.   Faculty are asked not to send course materials to a commercial service for copyright clearance.

For more information about print course-packs please click on the following links:

If you have any copyright questions related to your Fall Term course preparation, please contact Queen’s Copyright Manager, Mark Swartz and consult the Copyright Advisory Office homepage for updates as they become available.

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