20120113 Allan Bell Copyright Obligations


As your preparations for the second Term of Winter Session begin, I wanted to remind you of copyright obligations in the context on teaching, inform you of support channels available and update you on pending legislation. For the latest information on copyright guidelines at UBC, including news, workshops and resources, please bookmark the UBC Copyright website for ongoing reference.

As mentioned, the UBC Copyright website is the authoritative source for information about copyright at UBC. In addition, faculty who have questions relating to copyrighted material can access three types of support.

1. E-mail the ubc-copyright@interchange.ubc.ca mailing list
Members of the UBC Copyright Advisory committee, with the support of two Faculty Course Support Assistants respond to queries on this list. The ubc-copyright@interchange.ubc.ca list has been generating specific questions about copyright in courses, and it has led to one-on-one support to faculty about copyright legislation, fair dealing exemptions and strategies for using both copyrighted and open access resources in the classroom.

2. Attend a face-to-face workshop
Faculty are invited to sign up for one of the Copyright Education Series workshops. The workshops are quite popular, so early signup is suggested. We are modifying the format of some of the workshops to include a one-on-one component so faculty can bring their specific questions and work with one of the facilitators to resolve problems and/or develop strategies such as using licensed or open access materials in teaching context.

3. Invite a member of the Copyright Advisory Group to a departmental meeting/group meeting.
Email the ubc-copyright@interchange.ubc.ca mailing list if you wish to have a member of the Advisory Committee come to a departmental meeting.

4. The UBC Bookstore continues to produce course packs and the copyright clearance is handled by Xerox. The UBC Bookstore is handling all necessary changes to the system, so faculty should notice no difference. Faculty can continue to contact the Bookstore with any questions or concerns:

5. Finally, in early 2012, a series of drop-in sessions will be organized at specific campus locations. These drop-in sessions will enable faculty to consult with members of the copyright advisory committee, librarians and Faculty Course Support Assistants on copyright issues relating to teaching and learning. Check the UBC Copyright website in early 2012 for details.

Pending Legislation
On September 29, 2011, the federal government introduced the Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11). The proposed changes are still not yet in force, and the current Copyright Guidelines for UBC Faculty, Staff and Students are still applicable until the new law is adopted by Parliament. The most significant amendment from UBC’s perspective, will be the modernization of the educational exceptions to permit the use of copyrighted materials in both the digital and the physical classroom. Other amendments include (a) protection for technological measures that companies use to secure content; (b) new exclusive rights including the right to make sound recordings available on the internet; (c) new “personal use” exceptions, including the movement of content across formats; and (d) a clarified role for Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) with respect to copyright infringement by limiting their liability and requiring them to forward notices of alleged copyright infringement to subscribers and to retain the records necessary to determine the subscribers’ identity.

As more information becomes available, we will update the UBC Copyright website.

For specific questions on copyright issues, please direct your questions to the appropriate copyright contact person.

Thank you
Allan Bell, Director, Library Digital Initiatives
on behalf of the Copyright Advisory Group