Canadian University Degrees Now Free

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. Watch the video here:



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).
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: