Canadian Teachers' Federation describes proposed amendments to Copyright Act as "fair and balanced"



    OTTAWA, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Federation representing over
220,000 Canadian teachers is pleased with the federal government's proposed
amendments to the Copyright Act tabled in the House of Commons today.
    The Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) believes specific provisions
concerning education will go a long way to help teachers, students, schools
and school libraries take greater advantage of the Internet.
    "We are particularly pleased the Bill contains specific exceptions for
educators to use material that has been posted on the Internet by copyright
owners who do not expect to be compensated for its use," says CTF President
Emily Noble. "If amendments are passed, teachers and students could use
material that they find on the Internet as long as it is used for educational
or training purposes.
    "Although we have yet to analyze all the details contained in the Bill,
we are pleased that the federal government has listened and addressed our
concerns with respect to giving teachers and students free access to materials
for educational purposes, allowing them to use material on the Internet that
is publicly available for anyone to use, without being afraid of breaking the
law.
    "Teachers and our Member organizations across Canada have worked very
diligently to ensure that our concerns were heard by government and we know
that Canadian children and youth will benefit from the education and research
provisions contained in the proposed amendments," concludes Emily Noble.

    CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on
education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member
organizations in every province and territory in Canada as well as an
Affiliate Member in Ontario. CTF (http://www.ctf-fce.ca) is also a member of
the international body of teachers, Education International
(http://www.ei-ie.org).




For further information:

For further information: Background information: John Staple, CTF Deputy
Secretary General, (613) 688-4302, cell: (613) 899-4207; Media contact:
Francine Filion, CTF Director of Communications, (613) 688-4314, cell: (613)
899-4247; Comments: Emily Noble, CTF President, (613) 688-4300, cell: (613)
899-4209


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