Battle brews over intellectual property rights

There's a battle brewing in the world of Canadian academia, writes Diana Mehta for The Canadian Press. On one side stands Access Copyright, a collective that has provided institutions access to a pool of protected intellectual work for more than two decades while distributing royalties to the writers, artists and publishers it represents.

On the other is a group of universities that no longer feel the need to pay for the services offered by the collective, opting instead to navigate the world of intellectual property rights without a middle agent.

Simmering tensions are now threatening to boil over as Access Copyright takes one of Canada's largest universities to court – a move some see as a warning to others who've ended relations with the agency.
Full report on The Vancouver Sun site