Access Copyright and the UM

In 2012, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) negotiated a model licence with Access Copyright, the organization representing writers and publishers.  As a result, AUCC abandoned its opposition to the tariff Access Copyright had proposed to the Copyright Board.

On May 3, 2012, the University of Manitoba notified Access Copyright of its intent to sign the model licence covering the period January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2015. The agreement provides the University with price stability and protection against infringement claims during the licence term. The $26 FTE fee charged by Access Copyright is paid by the University of Manitoba and not passed on to students. 

Notable in the agreement is a statement that academic freedom and privacy will be respected. By contrast, had the Copyright Board tariff proceedings continued, it could not be guaranteed that the University would not be ordered to answer time-consuming, costly and invasive questions.  

The University will continue to take advantage of the many liberal licences which allow copying open access material, Creative Commons works, and articles from the Libraries’ vast collection of electronic resources.  As well, the University encourages the application of the Copyright Act’s fair dealing provision when appropriate.

 Staff and students can copy up to 10% of a work in Access Copyright’s repertoire or

-an  entire article, short story, play, essay or poem, or the reproduction of an artistic work from a volume containing other published works;
-an entire article or page from a newspaper or periodical;
-an entire entry from an encyclopedia or similar reference work or an entire reproduction of an artistic work from a publication;
-one chapter of a book, provided the chapter is no more than 20% of that book.

Using a repertoire work requires a citation as well as the following permission notice: Copied under permission from Access Copyright.  Further reproduction, distribution or transmission is prohibited, except as otherwise permitted by law.

To determine if a work is part of Access Copyright’s repertoire,

-contact the Copyright Office at to look it up for you, or
-use Access Copyright's Look Up Tool  and check its Exclusions List.  

 The Access Copyright agreement can be viewed from the Copyright Office Resources webpage

For questions about copyright, contact the Copyright Office at or (204) 474-8644.

Creative Commons License
Access Copyright and the University of Manitoba is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada License.