To: All UBC faculty and staff
We are pleased to announce that the price of course packs created and sold through the UBC Bookstore have been reduced by an average of 33 percent, as compared to last year.
Price reductions have been made possible by:
1. Use of Digital Subscription Licences. A significant portion of the material used in course packs can be accessed through digital subscription licences.
2. Reliance upon Fair Dealing. In 2012, the Copyright Act was modernized and the Supreme Court of Canada issued several landmark rulings about the scope of fair dealing. The result is an expanded role for fair dealing in the production of course packs.
3. Avoiding Onerous Blanket Licencing Terms. When UBC’s licence expired, Access Copyright proposed dramatically increased fees and unacceptable terms including surveillance of student and faculty activity. UBC concluded that, within this context, proceeding on terms dictated by Access Copyright would not provide sufficient value for students.
The affordability of education is an issue that UBC takes seriously. UBC has and continues to restructure its operations to ensure that it can achieve its teaching and research mandates, while cost-effectively providing enhanced access to course materials. We commend UBC’s faculty and staff, whose dedication and hard work allowed UBC to make the reductions a reality.
UBC will continue to work to find further opportunities to improve the affordability of course materials, both in course packs ordered through the bookstore and through digital alternatives. Stay tuned.
For more information on copyright compliance and course pack price reductions, please see:
Louise Cowin, Vice President, Students
David Farrar, Provost and Vice President, Academic (UBC Vancouver)
Deborah Buszard, Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (UBC Okanagan)