eTextbooks for UVic Students – 2021-2022

December 23, 2021

In order to support student success and equitable access to information, UVic Libraries has started a website to showcase and inform students about zero-cost textbook options. The site identifies titles assigned as textbooks and course materials which are available as eBooks in the library collection. It lists the title of the book, the course(s) and section(s) and last name of instructor. The project started by looking at the titles listed in the Bookstore’s textbook catalogue and noticed that the library had many of the titles in our collections.  In the next phase, we plan to add the e-titles added to the Reserves course lists. As of December 22, 2021, there were 380 titles listed!

Fall Copyright Workshops for UVic Faculty and Staff

Did you know the UVic Copyright Office offers workshops for faculty and staff? Come and find out how to deliver course materials in class and online via CourseSpaces, etc. while adhering to copyright guidelines and legislative requirements.

Workshops start in late August.

Registration link and schedule:

Statutory Review of the Copyright Act – Education Sector Presents Evidence in the House of Commons

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology met with stakeholders from the post-secondary education sector yesterday as part of the 2018 Copyright Act review. Representatives from Universities Canada, the Canadian Federation of Students, the Canadian Association of University Teachers, and Campus Stores Canada spoke with the committee about Indigenous knowledge, fair dealing, library consortia licensing, Access Copyright v York University, open access and public domain, among other issues.

Watch a replay here.

NEW! August/September Workshops: Copyright and Teaching

Copyright and Teaching: Tools and tips for ensuring that your course is copyright compliant

This session will provide participants with practical solutions for delivering course materials in class and online via Moodle, etc. while adhering to legal obligations. A brief overview of the current copyright landscape will include a discussion of Canadian copyright law, Access Copyright and library license agreements. ***Register***

Access Copyright – Copyright Board Ruling

December 23, 2010 | Copyright Board

Access Copyright’s application for an interim tariff was granted by the Copyright Board on December 23, 2010. The interim tariff will apply from January 1, 2011.

For further details see:

The Interim Tariff:

Interim Tariff – Track version:

Hitting Pause on Class Videos

Inside Higher Ed | January 26, 2010

In the latest clash of copyright law and instructional technology, the University of California at Los Angeles has stopping allowing faculty members to post copyrighted videos on their course Web sites after coming under fire from an educational media trade group.

The policy, enacted earlier this month, has been planned since last fall, when the Association for Information and Media Equipment – a group that protects the copyrights of education media companies – charged the university with violating copyright laws by posting the videos to the password-protected course Web pages without the proper permissions.

So far, UCLA is the only institution the organization has accused of such infractions. However, Allen Dohra, its president, told Inside Higher Ed that it is prepared to take on other colleges if it becomes clear that similar practices are taking place elsewhere. We have leads in terms of other universities, and we do plan to investigate further, said Dohra.

While the university maintains it has violated no laws, it has agreed to temporarily halt the practice while it tries to reach a settlement with the association. We don &t want to litigate an issue that could potentially be resolved outside of the legal system, said a university spokesman.

For more on the story see:

Article in The Chronicle for Higher Education

Sharing Your Notes Online – and Getting Paid for It

Inside Higher Ed | Sept 19, 2008

Succeeding in college requires diligence – regularly attending class, paying close attention, taking copious (and complete) notes. Wouldn &t it be nice if there were a way to make some pocket change on the side, just for being a good student?

There &s no indication, alas, that colleges are considering rewarding their students for doing well (besides good grades, that is). But one service, unveiled this week, is betting that it &s doing the next best thing by serving as a hub for class notes, papers and other materials – and paying the students who supply them for their labors.