SCC grants leave to hear appeal in Access Copyright dispute
The Supreme Court of Canada earlier this month granted leave for an appeal of the Alberta Minister of Education from the decision of the Federal Court of Appeal in Alberta (Education) v. Access Copyright (CanLII).
In a nutshell, the dispute pits ministries of education and school boards against Access Copyright, a copyright collective. Access Copyright successfully argued before the Copyright Board of Canada that unauthorized reproduction of certain materials by schools was a violation of its copyright, which did not fall within the fair use provisions of the Copyright Act (Department of Justice). The Board also ordered that certain copying entitled Access Copyright to royalties.