You may have heard the terms“Access Copyright” and“Copyright Act” tossed around alot lately, along with legalese termsabout policies, legislation, fair useand more. It can be a bit confusing,so here’s what you as students needto know.Access Copyright is an organiza-tion made up of authors and pub-lishers – the people who producethe content you use every day atschool: articles, books, textbooksand more. It offers schools, busi-nesses and other institutions per-mission to copy works such as books, textbooks, newspapers, journals and more for a fee. Themoney from these fees is distrib-uted by Access Copyright to com- pensate the creators of the worksused.This summer, a proposed feehike – which would see schools’Access Copyright tariffs increasealmost tenfold – sent manyCanadian academic institutionsrunning. “They had done some-thing similar with the primary andsecondary schools and it had beenresolved,” explained MarilynTurner, Acting Manager of Libraryand Media Services. “Now they areattempting to resolve it with col-leges and universities.”In response to the proposal, “Agroup of the universities acrossCanada (Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada) and the community col-leges across Canada (Associationof Canadian Community Colleges)each filed a petition with theCopyright Board to say, ‘We don’twant to pay not quite 10 times asmuch, and we don’t think weshould have to,’” Turner explained.The Copyright Board of Canada,a governmental institution, saideach group could bring forward itsquestions and concerns, and theBoard would make a ruling. Thetariff will stay at its current rateuntil the issue is resolved, whichTurner expects will take some time.As of right now, there are nochanges to the Copyright Act. “We(have always) operated under it,and under the Fair Dealing provi-sions of the Act, and the Fair Dealing Policy has recently beenclarified in the College’s policy,”said Turner. “The discussions peo- ple see are about the proposed leg-islation or about the AccessCopyright proposal.”In the meantime, here’s what youneed to know about copyright toensure you stay out of any legalissues.
Fair Dealing Policy
Turner said: “We are guided bythe Copyright Act and a documentcalled the Fair Dealing Policy,which has been developed byACCC – and something very simi-lar has been developed by theAUCC for the university sector – and it talks about a lot of things thatyou can do with Fair Dealing. It has been adopted by Fanshawe and it isin the Copyright Policy, which is posted online.”This is a guideline about using books, articles and more for your own personal use or for research.“The main things of fair dealing arehow much of an item are you copy-ing?” said Linda Crosby, TechnicalServices and Systems Librarian.The Fair Dealing Policy is veryspecific about how much of a textyou are able to copy without getting permission or paying a fee, such as10 per cent of a published work or 5 per cent of a textbook.“If you’re writing a paper aboutnuclear physics and you put in areference to what Richard Feynmansaid, absolutely you can put it inthere – it’s not stopping people(from doing that) at all,” explainedTurner. “But to photocopy all of Richard Feynman’s book and giveit to your brother-in-law as a birth-day present, that’s no good.”
Sharing information andmedia online
According to Turner, copyingand pasting information from awebsite into an email you send to afriend is a copyright violation, because you haven’t received per-mission to copy that information.Linking directly to the web page,however, is okay. “In terms of put-ting things on FanshaweOnline, byand large, if you’re putting a link up, that’s okay.”If you want to share an articleonline with a friend, send him thedirect link to the webpage rather than copying and pasting, suggest-ed Crosby. Rather than photocopy-ing part of a book to share with afriend, direct her to the book and page number.
“There aren’t typically ‘copy-right police’ looking througheverything we do,” said Crosby,“but certainly with the new tariff coming in and everybody’s aware-ness being raised about that issue,there always has been and alwayscan be the opportunity for someoneto come in and say, ‘I want to look at a bunch of stuff you’ve got hereand find out if any of them have broken copyright.’”Due to the lack of case law, out-lining actual consequences for breaking the Copyright Act is a bittricky, said Crosby, “but I think ittends to be on the harsh side.”
Turner summed up everything pretty simply: “You can make a photocopy of something for your own use. You can include all thestuff you would normally includein your research papers – providingyou cite it appropriately. You can put links (directly to) articles andshare them with other people.”“Nobody wants people to stopusing books,” she continued.“Nobody wants people to stop shar-ing information – that’s not the pur- pose of this. The purpose is that people who are creating works areappropriately compensated for them.”A LibGuide to Copyright can befound at fanshawec.libguides.com – select Copyright from the list of topics on the left. There you canfind tons of information about Fair Dealing, Print Copying, PublicPerformance Rights, Open Accessand more. If you’d prefer to speak to someone in person, the librarystaff is friendly and helpful, and canhelp anybody wade through thesometimes-murky copyright waters.For more information aboutAccess Copyright, check outaccesscopyright.ca.Student unions at colleges acrossOntario are voicing their concernwith the way Elections Ontario ishandling the 2011 provincial elec-tion. As a result of the province-wide support staff strike, ElectionsOntario decided to pull alladvanced and Election Day pollingstations from all college campuses.Elections Ontario originallyacknowledged the need to makevoting accessible for college stu-dents since low youth voter turnoutrates are a significant concern inCanada; however, the recent strikeled Elections Ontario to questionwhether or not they should cross picket lines. A few weeks ago, theycame to the decision to removetheir college campus presencecompletely.The decision frustrated manycollege students unions becauseuniversity campus polling stationshave remained untouched, includ-ing the University of WesternOntario, which has also seen astrike in recent weeks.The Fanshawe Student Unionhas been working closely with theCollege Student Alliance in aneffort to get the stations back oncampus, but representatives of Elections Ontario have told theCSA that their hands are tied.FSU President VeronicaBarahona is unimpressed with theactions of Elections Ontario. “For many college students living oncampus, this will be their first timevoting in a provincial election,”said Barahona. “Students need to be given the opportunity to experi-ence how easy it is to vote, and getin the habit of voting in every elec-tion.”Vice-President of StudentSupport Cathie Augier echoesBarahona’s concerns about howthis decision will affect studentvoting habits. “It is important to promote participation in elections by post-secondary students. Wehope that in future elections wehave the opportunity to host bothadvance and Election Day polls atFanshawe College.”Last week, it was announcedthat colleges would have their advanced polling stations reinstat-ed, but that none of the collegeswould have their Election Day sta-tions returned. “We are alwayshearing about low youth voter turnout, and I just don’t understandwhy Elections Ontario wouldremove Election Day polls whenthey would prove to be very bene-ficial for students,” said Barahona.Student unions are now facedwith the challenge of encouragingstudents to either vote in advanced polls or head to nearby off-campusElection Day stations. Some col-leges are even trying to find waysof transporting students to votingstations, as many students don’thave access to a car.Both Fanshawe College and theFSU hope that, if not in this elec-tion, in future elections the needsof students will be recognized andaccommodated.For more information on howand where to vote, visitwemakevotingeasy.ca or contactVeronica Barahona directly firstname.lastname@example.org.
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After much anticipation,Fanshawe College finallyannounced exactly where the newSchool of Applied and PerformingArts will be housed. On September 22, Dr. Howard Rundle held a press conference announcing thatFanshawe College is purchasingthe old Royal Trust building at 137Dundas St., which will provide50,000 square feet of space. The purchase of this building is the firstof many phases that will bringFanshawe students downtown.“Over the next few years, weanticipate an investment of up to$40 million to buy and renovate buildings in the downtown core, possibly including heritage build-ings,” said Rundle. Once complet-ed, the school will feature about110,000 square feet of space, hous-ing 1,000 students and 75 staff members.Immediately after the sale closesin October, the college will begindesigning and renovating the building, which is set to open inSeptember 2013 and will welcome200 students. So far, Fanshawe hasreceived commitments of $6 mil-lion and $20 million from the provincial government and theCity of London respectively.London Mayor Joe Fontana saidthis move will be crucial in thedevelopment of arts and culture inthe core of the city. “(Fanshawe)coming downtown is an importantevolution for the college. Why?Because modern cities want their students to be integrated with their communities, and there’s no better place for arts and culture than to bedowntown.”Rundle echoed Fontana’s per-spective, saying that if the commu-nity wants students to stay inLondon after they graduate, theyneed to be involved with the city.“They need to get to know our community: be moving in it, beworking in it, playing in it,” saidRundle.The college hopes that byadding a downtown location, vital partnerships will be made betweenstudents and the already existingcommunity downtown, including performance groups, businessesand cultural organizations.Conversely, these partnerships will benefit existing businesses andgroups, providing skilled employ-ees to help them grow.President of Digital ExtremesMichael Schmalz discussed whatthe move will mean for companiessuch as his own. Digital Extremeswas listed as one of Canada’s Top100 Employers of 2011 byMaclean’s magazine, and employs100 of London’s most creative people (many of whom areFanshawe grads). “Having thismany students right in the down-town core, supporting its develop-ment, it’s important for the peoplewho actually live and work downthere as part of London’s ongoingstrategy,” said Schmulz.The new School of Applied andPerforming Arts will focus on per-forming arts, art production, digi-tal media and information technol-ogy. According to Rundle, theschool is anticipated to contributeover $80 million to the local econ-omy annually.The college is continuing to look at other buildings that will helpgrow Fanshawe’s presence in thedowntown core.
Clarifying copyright confusion
A new college year is underwayand the halls are once again filledwith the hustle and bustle of stu-dents! I would like to welcome youall to Fanshawe, whether you are areturning student or just startingout at this amazing place.As is the case no matter whereyou go, there are rules and expec-tations that need to be followed.The Code of Conduct Policy setsout the expectations the college hasfor our students. We strive for anenvironment that is respectful to alland where our students have theopportunity to be successful intheir endeavours.Hopefully you've seen theStudent Code of Conduct postersaround the College. The messageis pretty simple, really: “It’s AboutChoices.” You now have theopportunity to shape your futuresand while you're here I encourageyou to stay focused on the reasonyou came to Fanshawe College.There will be parties and manyother social gatherings, and itwould be naïve to believe that youwill not partake in at least some of them, so I ask you to remember theThree Rs: Respect for yourself,Respect for others both in the col-lege community and in the com-munity of London, and beResponsible in your actions.Your time here at FanshaweCollege should be remembered,when you cross the stage at your graduation and in future, as someof the best years of your life.
CODE OF CONDUCT ADMINISTRATOR
College voting stations pulled
It’s about choices
Fanshawe unveilsits newest campus