Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Canadian University Degrees Now Free!

I posted earlier about a writer protest at the University of Toronto. Here is the video from that very cold day.

... and from the YouTube page:

Many Canadian colleges and universities are copying and using massive amounts of published work without paying for it or even informing the writers and publishers. The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC) and the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) wondered how those schools would feel if their work was copied and given away for free, so we went to the University of Toronto and handed out "free" copies of university degrees. It turns out, students love getting free degrees, but universities don't like it so much when writers give away "education".

On January 24th, 2014, in -35C wind-chill, a small group of writers documented the "Free Degrees" protest.

Many thanks to our partner organizations, the League of Canadian Poets (LCP), The Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) and the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP).

Please share the link to this video as widely as you can - it's free!

For more information about the dramatic expansion of unpermitted copying at Canadian universities and colleges, check out these links on The Writers' Union of Canada's website:

A Fair and Better Way Forward

It's Time to Talk About Fair Dealing

Quill & Quire Covers TWUC Protest of UBC Policy

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