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Copyright holders and their agents intersect with libraries on many levels and in many ways. Many are represented by collective organizations. These organizations can sell individual licenses to uses of their works, or sell blanket licenses to packages of uses, or, indeed, apply to the Canadian Copyright Board to have tariffs imposed upon entire classes of libraries or institutions operating libraries. While the ways in which copyrighted materials are offered to libraries does not lie within a library's control, the response to a given offering does. This presentation will discuss the range of possible reactions to overtures from publishers, collectives and others (including open access sources) -- and will include results of analysis from interviews conducted across Canada with librarians and copyright officers in academic institutions when all but those in Quebec faced with a new environment of tariffs in 2012.


Presented at the Canadian Library Association Conference in Ottawa on June 5, 2015.