OTTAWA, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - Students proposed a series of recommendations for
Bill C-32 the Copyright Modernization Act to ensure it strikes a fair balance between the rights of users and
creators, in a submission to Parliament yesterday.
"Education and innovation depends on fair access to copyrighted works,"
said Dave Molenhuis, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
Students. "A few simple amendments would ensure fair copyright for all
The recommendations, submitted by the Canadian Federation of Students at
the request of the Special Legislative Committee studying C-32, focused
on ensuring students, teachers and other members of the post-secondary
education community have fair access to copyrighted works and that the
bill supports innovative and creative educational practices. In
particular, the submission recommends that the expansion of the right
to fair dealing-to include education-proposed in Bill C-32 be adopted.
It also proposes a series of amendments be made to the digital locks
provisions to stop Canadians from being criminalised for their legal
uses of copyrighted works.
"Educational fair dealing will grant students and teachers access to
copyrighted materials while ensuring that creators continue to be
compensated fairly for the use of their work," added Molenhuis.
"However, the welcome expansion to fair dealing and all other user
rights are undermined by C-32's unwavering protection of digital
In addition, the submission recommended changes to a number of the
special exceptions proposed in Bill C-32 and recommended that proposals
to reduce statutory damages and adopt a notice-and-notice regime for
internet service provider liability be adopted.
The submission can be downloaded from the Federation's website at www.cfs-fcee.ca/copyright.
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student
organisation, uniting more that one-half million students in all ten
provinces. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor
organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Noah Stewart, Communication Officer, 613-232-7394
Dave Molenhuis, National Chairperson, 613-232-7394