ARC – Copyright

Posted June 3, 2016 (in Rhumblines)
AASUA RATIFICATION VOTE for Amendments to the Collective Agreements Regarding Copyright Ownership
It is with great pleasure that I announce that the Copyright Agreement Review Committee (ARC) has completed its work. Presently, all seven collective agreements contain language under Article 10 and Appendix B (“Copyright Regulations”) that relate to copyright ownership.

As a result of positive negotiations between the AASUA and the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta, I can report that AASUA Council unanimously approved recommending ratification by the membership of the changes to the copyright language under each of the separate collective agreements in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement.

The end result of these negotiations is a big win for both the membership and the Board of Governors. The new language clarifies that members own copyright in works they create, with defined exceptions to the University in specific circumstances. The new language clarifies members’ copyright ownership of teaching materials which has been an ongoing issue for decades. As well, there is no longer the requirement for the member to contribute financially for the use of University facilities in the creation of a copyrighted work. More background was reported in our Rhumblines 2016 April 19.

The ARC has prepared an FAQ to assist members in understanding the new copyright provisions.

Members in each of the seven constituencies are being asked to ratify these amendments.

I strongly encourage you all to support these new proposed changes regarding your copyright ownership.

You will be receiving an electronic ballot today. Voting will close at 5pm on 9 June 2016.

Heather Bruce
AASUA President

Posted April 19, 2016 (in Rhumblines)
New Copyright Language for Ratification
It is with great pleasure that I announce that the Copyright Agreement Review Committee (ARC) that was constituted as a result of the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Copyright has completed its work. Presently, all seven collective agreements contain language under Article 10 and Appendix B (“Copyright Regulations”) that relate to copyright ownership. As a result of ongoing but positive negotiations between the AASUA and the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta, I can report that AASUA Council unanimously approved recommending ratification by the membership of the changes to the copyright language under each of the separate collective agreements in accordance with the new Memorandum of Agreement.

The end result of these negotiations is a big win for both the membership and the Board of Governors. The new language clarifies that members own copyright in works they create, with defined exceptions to the University in specific circumstances. The new language clarifies members’ copyright ownership of teaching materials which has been an ongoing issue for decades. As well, there is no longer the requirement for the member to contribute financially for the use of University facilities in the creation of a copyrighted work. The ARC has prepared an FAQ to assist members in understanding the new copyright provisions. The University is committed to the general principle that it may publish guidelines, recommendations and explanatory notes to assist our academic staff and others to structure collaborations in ways that maximize certainty and minimize conflicts respecting interests in copyrighted works, and to assist our members in the application of this new language.

Due to the fluidity of membership on this ARC over the years (some have moved on to other careers, are on sabbatical or retired), this particular ARC has been lengthy but careful in its review of the issues. Although it has taken some years to formalize the new language, I can advise that the University has acted in good faith during these negotiations and has followed what has been formalized in the new language. Our new language is an example of the good work that can be done between the AASUA and the Board of Governors, and an example to other post-secondary institutions.

These proposed language changes will soon be going out to the membership for ratification. The AASUA will be holding a town hall soon to meet with members and answer questions before the ratification vote.

I commend the hard work of our ARC team:

AASUA: Ian MacLaren, Wayne Renke, Don Hetz, Geoffrey Rockwell, Denise Koufogiannaki, Fred Ziegler, Moin Yahya, Brygeda Renke

Board of Governors: Lorne Babiuk, Phillip Bryden, Gerald Beasley, Ernie Ingles, Jay Spark, Katha, Brad Hamdon, Heidi Robinson, Tricia Waddell

I encourage you all to support these new proposed changes regarding your copyright ownership.

Heather Bruce
AASUA President

Posted November 22, 2012
This committee has negotiated principles regarding copyright ownership which will soon be presented to all AASUA constituencies. These principles are technology and discipline neutral and address copyright in online instruction. All language revisions to the collective agreements require ratification by our members in due course.

2010 January – Memorandum of Understanding Re. Copyright

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