OTTAWA, July 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Today's Supreme Court ruling in the case
of Alberta (Education) v. Access Copyright upholds the protections in place for students' to access classroom
The Canadian Federation of Students intervened before the Court to argue
against Access Copyright`s position that copies in the classroom
setting were not protected under fair dealing. The Court agreed that
Access Copyright cannot profit from supplementary materials provided by
teachers to students in the classroom.
"The Supreme Court's decision highlights how Access Copyright's unending
pursuit to profit off the backs of students goes beyond the limits of
the law," said Adam Awad, National Chairperson for the Canadian
Federation of Students. "Students, staff, and faculty were in the right
to push back against Access Copyright and to challenge both the ethics
and the legality of the fees and agreements it tries to enforce."
Earlier this year, the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada
negotiated a deal with Access Copyright that would see students' fees
increase dramatically, limit access to materials, and introduce
questionable online monitoring of student and faculty activity by
school administrators. In exchange, Access Copyright promised vague
assurances that institutions would not face legal challenges from its
members for copyright infringement. The Federation, along with the
Canadian Association of University Teachers and other post-secondary
education organisations, has mobilised to urge institutions against
signing the Access Copyright deal.
"This ruling makes it clear that Access Copyright's demands are not
always legal or ethical," said Awad. "We congratulate those
institutions who have chosen to protect students by not signing the
Access Copyright deal and encourage all other institutions to be
confident in rejecting it."
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student
organization, uniting more than 600,000 students in all ten provinces.
The Federation and its predecessor organizations have represented
students in Canada since 1927.
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Adam Awad, National Chairperson, 613-979-6622 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org