Copying in Schools – Fair or Unfair?

Via The Writers’ Union of Canada

Report from TWUC’s Survey of Canadian Writers on Educational Copying 

Until very recently, when an author’s work was copied for educational use, it was usual for that author to receive some compensation through licensing agreements.

New guidelines published by a number of Canadian educational institutions and organizations claim substantially large portions of printed works are now “short excerpts” covered by fair dealing.

The result of such a change in copying practice would be the loss of millions of dollars in annual license revenues for Canadian authors. That is real earned income for real taxpaying Canadians who play a vitally important partnership role in education.

Does copying an entire chapter, story, poem or article without permission and/or payment seem fair to you?

The Writers’ Union of Canada asked this question to those most affected by educational copying – professional writers, many of whom work in the educational sector as well. The results of our survey speak for themselves.

Read the full report here:

Survey of Canadian Writers on Educational Copying.

The Writers’ Union of Canada hopes the release of this report will help teachers, students, and educational administrators understand the broader context and real-world implications of copying without permission and/or payment. We encourage K-12 boards and post-secondary institutions to negotiate fair collective-licensing agreements for such large-scale industrial copying.

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