The Greater Toronto Area Chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild condemns the model license agreements reached between the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and Access Copyright, and Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and Access Copyright. While we agree that authors should be fairly compensated for their work, we urge Canadian post-secondary institutions to reject the model AUCC/Access Copyright licensing agreement, and we applaud those universities who have refused to sign onto the model license.
In light of the Supreme Court of Canada’s rulings in favour of educational use as fair dealing, we think it is particularly important that those institutions that have not signed stay steadfast in their refusal to enter this so-called deal. Instead, we advocate a move toward the construction of systems of knowledge creation and sharing based on fair dealing, open access, and site licensing.
As a Toronto-based chapter of progressive librarians, we are particularly concerned about Ryerson University and the University of Toronto’s decisions to sign the license. We urge those institutions to exit the agreement as quickly as possible and in doing so, to provide leadership to those others in the Canadian academic library community who have also signed this agreement. We encourage those who are at institutions that have signed on or stated their intention to sign on to the model license to contact their universities’ presidents and voice their objection.
We also urge the Ontario Library Association, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, and the Canadian Library Association to take a stronger stand on this critical issue -- in full recognition and support of the frustrated librarians working in institutions that have already signed this repressive agreement, and in support of our library users’ rights to access information. The Greater Toronto Area Chapter the Progressive Librarians Guild applauds and endorses the statements regarding this deal made by the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the Atlantic Provinces Library Association, the Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association, the Manitoba Library Association and the BC Library Association, and many leading copyright scholars in Canada.
At this time of great change, both in our profession and in the ways we share and access information, it is important that our country’s library associations take a clear and visible stance in support of users, libraries, and librarians.