Copyright bill still includes "anti-circumvention", threatens students' access to copyrighted works

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 copyrighted works."

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: chair@cfs-fcee.ca


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