This book is the first to carry out an in-depth study into the interaction between Universities and Copyright Collecting Societies (CCS) in the UK in the light of technological advances. It also considers a case-study into the Copyright Licensing Agency and looks into the licensing system under the Higher Education Copying Accord (HECA). In particular, the development of the HECA licences, including the most recent Comprehensive Digital Licence which came in to effect in 2008, is discussed. In highlighting the gaps which are prevalent in the present system, this work questions whether the academic author is properly remunerated by CCS. A new model based on the HERON project and open-access system is proposed for equitable remuneration for the academic author, publisher and CCS in an online world.
Dinusha K. Mendis is a Lecturer in Law at the Lancashire Law School, Centre for Law Information and Converging Technologies, University of Central Lancashire, UK.