Copyright Bill Hurts Education and Research



    OTTAWA, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The group representing Canada's academic
community says the federal government's new copyright legislation will
restrict teachers' and students' access to electronic documents and on-line
material.
    "We are deeply disappointed that the Harper government caved in to the
demands of the American entertainment industry and is limiting the rights of
Canadians to access information and entertainment," said James Turk, executive
director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers.
    CAUT is particularly concerned that the draft legislation will make it
more difficult for university and college teachers and students to have access
to learning materials. For example, the bill prohibits the circumvention of
digital encryption - any device or technology that prevents copying. This
means material that can be copied now if in a paper format, cannot be copied
for any reason, including educational or research purposes, if it is in
electronic format and digitally encrypted.
    "In prohibiting all circumvention, the proposed legislation will lock
down a vast amount of digital material, preventing its use for research,
education and innovation," said Turk.

    CAUT is the national voice of more than 65,000 academic and general staff
at universities and colleges across Canada.




For further information:

For further information: James Turk, executive director, (613) 277-0488
(cell); Paul Jones, professional officer, (613) 726-5181

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