Students demand access and protection in submission to copyright consultations



    OTTAWA, Sept. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - A balance between the rights of creators
and users must be a cornerstone of a revised Copyright Act, according to the
Canadian Federation of Students' submission to the federal government's
copyright consultations, submitted today.
    "Students are writers, programmers and artists, we read books, articles
and essays, and are at the forefront of the digital revolution," said
Katherine Giroux-Bougard, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
Students. "Students need legislation that protects the works they create,
guarantees access to information, and is flexible enough for the rapidly
changing digital environment."
    The Canadian Federation of Students submission calls for a more broad and
inclusive definition of fair dealing and a "made in Canada" solution to
challenges presented by nearly constant advances in technology. Among other
things, students recommend stronger protections for the integrity of creators'
works and giving the rights over content created by the government back to
Canadians through the elimination of Crown copyright.
    "Copyright legislation is critical to the future of Canadian innovation.
We will falter if reforms only aim to please a handful of large, mostly
American, content distributors," added Giroux-Bougard.
    The submission can be downloaded from the Federation's website at
www.cfs-fcee.ca/copyright.

    Founded in 1981, the Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest
student organisation, uniting more than one-half million students from all ten
provinces.





For further information:

For further information: Katherine Giroux-Bougard, National Chairperson,
(613) 261-7528


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