What is Access Copyright? Video

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Welcome to the first in a series of six discussions from Access Copyright. Over the next five months we will explore the intersection of content, technology, teaching and learning in Canada. And we will examine Access Copyright’s evolving role as a link between those who work with content and those whose work is content.  We hope you will join the discussion.

Access Copyright is a collective voice of creators and publishers in Canada. We are a non-profit, national organization, representing tens of thousands of Canadian creators and publishers who work tirelessly to create the textbooks, novels, poetry, plays, children's books, magazines, newspapers and more, that Canadians read everyday.

For more than 25 years we have facilitated the remixing and sharing of content for educational and professional purposes, combined with an assurance that original creators and publishers also benefit, so that they can continue creating new and innovative works.

A lot has changed since we first began licensing photocopying in the late 1980s. Legal developments have prompted uncertainty about content use in education; Canadians are using technology to transform the way we experience and share content; and attitudes and expectations around content and copyright are evolving.

At a summit held last spring, representatives from Canada's writing and publishing community recognized that our collective too must change and have directed Access Copyright to work towards new services and copyright guidelines that are rooted in pragmatism, shared-interests and sustainability.

As a collective, we are committed to an organizational transformation, underpinned by the interests that are of critical importance to both creators of content and to all those who teach and learn, use and value that content. Partnerships with the education sector remain vitally important to the Canadian content producers and to all those who read, teach, research and learn.

We invite you to watch our new video. Please share it with your colleagues, and add your voice to the conversation: #AccessCopyright