CMEC Copyright Consortium pleased with new federal copyright legislation



    TORONTO, June 13 /CNW/ - Education ministers across Canada were quick to
respond positively to the tabling of new federal copyright legislation in
Ottawa yesterday. The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)
Copyright Consortium has been vocal in expressing its view that the new
legislation must clearly state that students and teachers have fair and
reasonable access to publicly available Internet materials in their
educational pursuits.
    "The education community has viewed the educational use of the Internet
as a priority issue," said Nova Scotia Education Minister Karen Casey, Chair
of the CMEC Copyright Consortium, "so we are pleased to see the inclusion of
an education amendment in this copyright legislation."
    "The bill provides the clarity we have been looking for with respect to
the educational use of the Internet. It establishes the necessary legal
framework for students and teachers to use Internet materials in their studies
in the classroom without fear of copyright infringement."
    Minister Casey affirmed that Canada's Copyright Act needed to be updated,
given that evolving technologies are rapidly expanding the use and copying of
digital materials. "It is good that the bill's education amendment will
effectively allow schools to access publicly available Internet materials
while respecting the rights of those creators who post materials with an
expectation of payment."
    The minister reported that the CMEC Copyright Consortium will review the
other parts of the new legislation and make representation to the federal
ministers of Industry and of Canadian Heritage over the summer. "The federal
government's copyright bill will have a profound impact on the manner in which
the Internet is used by students and teachers. CMEC wants to thoroughly review
the bill and ensure that the federal government has an accurate account of the
impact of the legislation on Canada's education community," said Minister
Casey.
    The CMEC Copyright Consortium is composed of the ministers of education
from all provinces and territories except Quebec.

    CMEC is an intergovernmental body composed of the ministers responsible
for elementary-secondary and advanced education from the provinces and
territories. Through CMEC, ministers share information and undertake projects
in areas of mutual interest and concern.





For further information:

For further information: visit http://www.cmec.ca/copyright/indexe.stm
or contact Chris George (for information in English), Tel.: (905) 641-0800,
E-mail: chris@cgacommunications.com; Tamara Davis (for information in French),
Communications Coordinator, CMEC, Tel.: (416) 962-8100, ext. 241, E-mail:
t.davis@cmec.ca

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