Royal Roads opts out of Access Copyright agreement

July 3, 2012

Victoria, B.C. – Royal Roads University announced today that after a review it has chosen not to sign onto the new agreement with Access Copyright that was negotiated by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

“We have worked as a community for many years to decrease our dependence on materials that require copyright clearance, and have the right policies and procedures in place to ensure we are complying with copyright laws, so this decision makes good sense for our institution,” said Steve Grundy, provost and vice-president academic. “In addition to not adding the financial burden of this licence onto our university and our students, we are also saving hundreds of thousands of sheets of paper each year.”

Grundy said the university has taken steps to eliminate print course packs and instead rely on articles and e-books for which it has already secured copyright permissions. In deciding not to sign the new agreement, Royal Roads joins many other post-secondary institutions, including the University of British Columbia, Athabasca University, York University and Carleton University.

Access Copyright is the copyright collective that collects fees from educational institutions across Canada to clear copyrighted materials with a number of publishers and charges a per student yearly fee.

Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs to advance professionals in the workplace. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, diplomas, executive and custom education.


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