Access © or Access Copyright is the operating name of a Canada Business Corporations Act corporation whose official registration name is The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (formerly Cancopy). It is a not-for-profit copyright collective that collects revenues from licensed Canadian businesses, government, schools, libraries and other copyright users for the photocopying of print works and distributes those monies to the rightsholders of those works, such as publishers and authors from Canada and around the world.

Access Copyright covers works published in Australia, Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States.

University model licenseEdit

When universities sign on to a license with Access Copyright (negotiated by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) or the Association of Canadian Community Colleges), their professors and students are given permission to do certain copying of copyrighted works. The university is generally charged a base rate per full-time student for this license, usually passed down to students in the form of mandatory fees. 2011 AUCC model license A new model, negotiated by AUCC in 2011, would see universities pay a rate of $26 per full-time student. The old agreement, which expired in 2010, charged only $3.38 plus an additional 10 cents per page coursepacks, photocopied compilations of readings designed by instructors and sold to students.[1] Moreover, additional stipulations would proscribe faculty and students from keeping copies of journal articles in personal libraries, or on personal computers or email accounts.[1]

These changes have proved controversial, and numerous universities have opted out of the deal.

Universities that have opted out:

Universities that have signed on:


Access Copyright has also started charging universities for e-mailing links to copyrighted information, even in cases where there was no copyrighted material present. They are charging the full price for each link e-mailed.[26]

In late 2019, Access Copyright obtained a court order requiring 300 schools across Canada to supply handouts and lesson plans from the last seven years. The demand, intended to find use of copyright material, was described as a 'logistical nightmare'.[27]

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  1. ^ a b Ottawa universities mulling over controversial new copyright agreement Archived June 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Ottawa Citizen, 3 June 2012
  2. ^ "Recent Messages : Athabasca University - Focused on the Future of Learning". Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  3. ^ "Brock opts out of Access Copyright licence".
  4. ^ "Copyright at Carleton | MacOdrum Library". Retrieved 2015-05-18.
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  6. ^ "McMaster Daily News: McMaster opts out of Access Copyright License". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
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  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2012-06-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Ryerson not renewing Access Copyright license".
  12. ^ Dew, Stephen. "Access Copyright and the University of Alberta". The QUAD. Where UAlberta meets online. University of Alberta. Archived from the original on 23 December 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
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  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  20. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2013-04-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-06-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2012-06-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  25. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2012-06-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  27. ^ "'A logistical nightmare': Teachers at 300 Canadian schools ordered to provide 7 years of lesson plans". CBC News. 13 December 2019.

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