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Michael Geist has posed the idea that the new AC agreement is actually a very expensive form of liability insurance.

Howard Knopf takes this idea further and suggests that if it is a form of insurance, then AC is technically breaking Ontario law.

Of course, it is not the universities and colleges (which may or may not sign the model agreement) that will be paying for this "copyright insurance," but the students.
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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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UWO and the University of Toronto have entered into a voluntary agreement with Access Copyright.  Read more about this (and what it means for students) here:

Toronto and Western sign licensing agreement with Access Copyright - by Dr Sam Trosow

U. of T. and Western Capitulate to Access Copyright - by Howard Knopf

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Oakland zombies protest to keep libraries open and brains big and tasty
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"We're here, we're dead, and we don't want our books unread!”

That was the mantra chanted by more than 50 undead librarians and library supporters as they walked down Telegraph Avenue in Oakland last Saturday dressed in white makeup and fake blood.

Under Scenario A of Mayor Jean Quan's budget proposal to end Oakland's $58 million deficit,14 of 18 Oakland libraries would close as of July 1st. According to the Zombie Crawl to Save Oakland Library Facebook group, “Zombies need brains. Libraries feed brains. Zombies support the Oakland public library.” They say they wouldn’t mind if the city’s Tool Lending Library closed because it “puts excellent zombie-killing tools such as drills, chainsaws, and large heavy shovels to the public.”

“Every zombie knows that enriched brains make for a more satisfying meal, so that's why we're here,” said Oakland resident Ben Krompak. “Brains will taste bland and uninteresting if the libraries close, and that's not what we need, especially during these difficult times.”

“Braaaaiiiiiiiiiins. Blllleeeeeh. Braaaaaaaaaaaains. Blerrggghhhh. Brains,” the marchers droned. They carried signs reading, “Have a heart so that zombies can have brains!” and “Closing the libraries is the end of the world!”

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Libraries shelved as school boards look for cutbacks
May 16, 2011

Kristin Rushowy


Are school boards throwing the book at their libraries?
After years of cutbacks to staff and hours at school libraries, at least one board has now shelved them.
In a controversial decision — which even some students are protesting — the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has laid off all but four of its library technicians and is dismantling all its libraries.
It has started to divvy up the library books in its elementary schools and distribute them to individual classrooms instead.
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Ontario school library staffing down: report
Staffing in eastern, northern Ontario below average
CBC News

Posted: May 16, 2011 9:27 AM ET

Last Updated: May 16, 2011 8:44 PM ET

Staffing at school libraries across the province is declining, a trend that could affect children's ability to think critically about information, according to a report released by an education advocacy group.
The report by the group People for Education found 56 per cent of Ontario elementary schools in 2010 have at least one full- or part-time teacher-librarian, an accredited teacher who has library training. That's down from 80 per cent in the 1997/1998 school year, according to the report, which was released Monday morning.
Meanwhile, 66 per cent of secondary schools across the province have at least one teacher-librarian, down from 78 per cent in 2000/2001, when the group first started tracking data for high schools.

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