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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Copyright Advisory Committee

In the midst of significant change related to copyright in Canada, the University of Waterloo’s Copyright Advisory Committee has updated the university’s main copyright website.

There have been significant and positive changes related to copyright in recent weeks.

  • As noted in the Daily Bulletin, the University has decided not to sign the copyright license negotiated by Access Copyright and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
  • Bill C-11, the Copyright Modernization Act, passed third reading at the Senate and has received royal assent.
  • The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released on July 12, 2012 decisions in five appeals on copyright cases.
  • Bill C-11 and the SCC decisions expand the scope of fair dealing in ways that will be advantageous to the campus community.

The Provost has established a Copyright Advisory Committee to provide advice on the impact of the above and other copyright-related matters. The committee includes representatives of major departments involved in copyright issues and key campus stakeholders, including the FEDS, GSA, FAUW, UWSA, and FUAC:

University Librarian, Chair – Mark Haslett
Associate University Librarian – Susan Routliffe
Associate University Secretary – Rebecca Wickens
Director CEL – Cathy Newell Kelly
Senior Instructional Developer, Blended Learning, CTE – Jane Holbrook
Director ITMS (IST) – Andrea Chappell
Director Retail Services – May Yan
FAUW, past President - George Freeman
UWSA, President – Trevor Grove
Federation of Students, VP Education – Adam Garcia
GSA, VP Student Affairs - Robbie Henderson
FUAC, Vice-President and Academic Dean, SJU – Jim Frank

The Copyright Advisory Committee will identify ways in which Bill C-11 and the SCC decisions change the copyright environment on campus. When those changes are better understood, several documents on the campus Copyright web page, notably the Copyright FAQ, Fair Dealing Advisory, and Guide for Those Teaching Courses, will be revised. We hope to have those revisions in place for the beginning of the fall term.

In the meantime, if you have questions, please feel free to contact Mark Haslett, Susan Routliffe or Rebecca Wickens.

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