Federal Court of Appeal Announces Decision in Access Copyright vs. York University

On April 22, the Federal Court of Appeal issued a decision on the legal action between Access Copyright and York University. It ruled that the fair-dealing guidelines adopted by York do not meet standards, but has ruled that tariffs are not mandatory. The positive outcome of the finding on fair dealing is counteracted by the collapse of the tariff process. In a press release from ACP, Executive Director Kate Edwards explains that the decision leaves small- and medium-sized rightsholders to fend for themselves.

Publishers Weekly picked up the story on April 30, 2020, in an article titled “After Loss on Appeal, Canadian Publishers Say Copyright System Is Broken.”

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