Students will pay more for copyright material
Under terms of new deal, price to jump from $4 to $25 per university semester
By PETER HENDERSON, Postmedia News April 19, 2012
A deal between Canadian universities and copyright holders over the distribution of articles and course readings is being criticized as one-sided.
The deal is between the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada and Access Copyright, which collects money for copyright holders from such institutions as schools, libraries and businesses for the right to photocopy and distribute copyrighted works.
Under terms of a deal announced this week, students could pay more than $25 per semester to access copyrighted materials. That's up from less than $4 a semester in 2010.
Students were charged 10 cents per page for printed readings and similar works under the former agreement.
"This (agreement) has a totally different price structure," said Christine Tausig Ford, an executive at the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada.
"It covers different things. You can't compare apples and oranges."
Under the new deal, Access Copyright will not charge for readings that are bound and distributed in course packs or on school websites.
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