University of Calgary

Access Copyright and the University of Calgary

UToday HomeJuly 4, 2012

The University of Calgary has sent a letter to Access Copyright stating that the university is delaying a decision about whether to sign an agreement with Access Copyright until Sept. 1, 2012.

The Copyright Committee of the University of Calgary is working hard on behalf of the university community, and intends to use the next few months to continue to do our due diligence and consult concerning this complex matter. In response to feedback received during our consultations, we are also looking for ways to make securing copyright permissions easier for our faculty and staff.

The University of Calgary is committed to providing our university community with the resources it needs to easily and legally access learning and research material. Whether or not our university signs an agreement with Access Copyright, we are doing a number of things as an institution to manage our university’s copyright needs.

The Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) Copyright Office will be expanded and serve as a one-stop shop for clearing print and digital materials. In addition, the university will invest in a digital copyright and electronic reserves tool for tracking copyright and permissions for all types of materials. Information Technologies will work closely with LCR to implement the copyright tool, integrate it with Blackboard and link it to other campus software systems as required.

We need your help to successfully manage our copyright permissions in a timely manner. Please send your requests for course packs and other readings as soon as possible to The LCR Copyright Office is prepared to receive your information immediately.

We know the University of Calgary has much work to do to ensure compliance with the Copyright Act. The Copyright Committee and I thank you for your patience and understanding, and we invite you to continue to share your thoughts via

Dru Marshall
Provost and Vice-President (Academic)