TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - Students are calling on the federal government
to reform Canada's Copyright Act in a way that fairly balances the rights of
users and creators of copyright works. At a town hall meeting held in Toronto
last night, as part of the federal government's copyright consultations,
students reiterated their call for fair copyright legislation.
"Students have been clear in their demand for fair copyright," said
Shelley Melanson, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario.
"New copyright legislation must carefully regulate technological protection
measures, eliminate Crown copyright and provide a more flexible definition of
Heritage Minister James Moore and Industry Minister Tony Clement have
been leading a round of public consultations on copyright reform. Thursday
night's meeting was one of two town halls designed to facilitate discussion
from hundreds of live participants and online followers.
Because of the last-minute introduction of a lottery system that did not
guarantee those participating the right to speak, students attempted to
circulate a flyer detailing their position on copyright reform. Event
organisers used private security guards to prevent the distribution of the
flyers, threatening to remove the students from the premises of the hotel
where the consultation was being held. The flyers contained an introduction to
copyright that provided a summary of the results of campus copyright
consultations held by the Canadian Federation of Students throughout Spring
"With the ever increasing cost of education, students should not have to
pay even more to access the material they require to be able to study,
research, and learn," said Melanson. "It is ironic that while students are
concerned that new legislation may allow copyright owners to lock up
information, the government is locking up its own consultations."
The Canadian Federation of Students' copyright leaflet can be viewed at:
Founded in 1981, the Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest
student organisation, uniting more that one-half million students in all ten
provinces, including more than 300,000 college and university students
studying at public post-secondary institutions across Ontario.
For further information: Shelley Melanson, Chairperson, Canadian
Federation of Students-Ontario (416) 925-3825 or (416) 882-9927 (cell); Ben
Lewis, Communications Officer, Canadian Federation of Students, (416)