More on Access Copyright’s suit against York U

See the article in yesterday’s Ottawa Citizen which details some of the claims made against York such as authorizing the copying of protected works. As a reference librarian myself, I cannot even imagine under what circumstances I would “authorize” someone to make copies of protected works. And what authority does anyone in a library actually have? This just doesn’t wash.

Michael Geist, professor here in the Faculty of Law, was quoted in the article, “At the end of the day, if Access Copyright is successful — although I have to say that based on where the law is at, that seems unlikely — we’re talking about millions and millions of dollars being paid by taxpayers to this group.” Professor Geist is a notable expert on intellectual property.

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