April 26th is World Intellectual Property Day

April 26th is World Intellectual Property Day and is celebrated around the world. Launched by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 the day was created to raise awareness about how intellectual property like patents, trademarks and copyright are both used and in turn foster creativity.  This year’s theme is Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined.

Universities are both creators of intellectual property through faculty, instructor, researcher and student output, but are also consumers of intellectual property. Ryerson University Library and Archives spends millions of dollars per year on book and digital journal subscription purchasing. Most of these on-line journal articles are not publicly available to those outside of a university environment without a fee. At universities we are digitally privileged because we pay a substantial amount yearly for access to this content.

The purchases universities make support publishers and at the same time give instructors, researchers and students timely access to the latest scholarly information that can be used in their courses and for their research. Ryerson researchers are also part of the creative cycle as they create and publish new works citing the work that has gone before them.

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Hosting Movie Nights on Campus

Are you interested in showing movies on campus from film studios such as MGM, Universal Studios, Walt Disney, Tristar or Touchstones Pictures?  Did you know that you need public performance rights (PPR) to show  to a group unless it is for teaching purposes? Now for a short period, until Oct 31st, 2013, you can show any films from these studios, and hundreds more, without having to worry about copyright fees. The Library has paid for a leisure licence with Audio-Cine Films Inc. (ACF) that covers PPR outside the classroom.

ACF is a Canadian exclusive rights representative for many of the world’s renowned film studios and producers. The ACF licence provides access to over 1,000 movie titles.  All you need to do is to check whether a film you want to show is in the ACF database.  Then make sure  you are using  legal copies of DVDs for showing. That would include library copies, personal home copies, and rented copies, but no bootlegged materials.

Please contact Ann Ludbrook, Copyright Co-ordinator and Librarian (aludbrook@ryerson.ca or ext. 6910)  for any copyright issues related to hosting movie nights for your student group. You can also contact Ophelia Cheung, Audio Visual Services Librarian (ocheung@ryerson.ca or ext. 5097), if you need assistance with searching the ACF database or acquiring copies not available in the Library collection.