OTTAWA, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Legislation re-introduced today to amend
the Copyright Act ignores, once again, the majority of Canadians who
oppose anti-circumvention provisions and will undermine students'
access to, and use, of copyrighted works.
"The government has shown disregard for the public's concerns raised
during Bill C-32 public consultations by re-introducing an identical
bill," said Roxanne Dubois, National Chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students. "Anti-circumvention provisions will seriously
undermine students', teachers' and the general public's use of
Bill C-11 will again propose a reasonable expansion of the definition of
"fair dealing", the right to the good faith and limited use of
copyrighted works. However, the anti-circumvention provisions found in
the bill fundamentally undermine fair dealing rights. The provisions
would make it illegal to circumvent a digital lock even if fair dealing
allows the copyrighted work's use. Similar provisions contained within
the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act have largely been
regarded as failures, restricting users' rights while providing little
protection against infringement.
"Students and other members of the education sector use and create
copyrighted materials on a daily basis," added Dubois. "Students have
concerns that overly restrictive regulations will lead to higher access
fees paid by post-secondary institutions and, ultimately, by students."
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:
Roxanne Dubois, National Chairperson, office: 613-232-7394, mobile: 613-816-7486 email: firstname.lastname@example.org