TORONTO, June 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The Copyright Consortium of the Council
of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), responded positively to the
passage yesterday by the House of Commons of Bill C-11, Canada's new
copyright legislation which clarifies the country's copyright regime
and establishes a clear legal framework for the digital age and its
The CMEC Copyright Consortium is composed of the ministers of education
of the provinces and territories, with the exception of Quebec.
"For years now, Canada's antiquated copyright laws have been of concern
to the education community, particularly their negative impact on the
use of the Internet and the ability of learners and teachers to harness
the full potential of digital technologies," said the Honourable Ramona
Jennex, Minister of Education for Nova Scotia and Chair of the CMEC
Copyright Consortium. "Updating our country's copyright laws to address
Canadians' evolving digital learning needs is long overdue."
Bill C-11 provides the legal framework necessary for students and
teachers in elementary and secondary schools, colleges, and
universities to use publicly available Internet materials in their
educational pursuits. Consortium members believe this education
amendment is essential at a time when governments are simultaneously
increasing levels of connectivity, promoting skills development and
innovation, and supporting the use of the Internet in classrooms.
The bill also includes education as an allowable purpose, under certain
conditions, within the copyright fair dealing provision. "With this
provision, the federal government has established that fair dealing is
available to students and teachers and that copyrighted materials can
be used for educational purposes," said the minister. "The fair dealing
provision will have a positive impact, as it brings Canadians onto a
level playing field with teachers and students in classrooms in the
United States and around the world."
The CMEC Copyright Consortium has been active in the federal copyright
reform process for more than a decade. It believes strongly that a
modern and balanced copyright framework protects the public interest
and provides a variety of social and economic benefits.
"The consortium is pleased to see that Canada's copyright laws will soon
be modernized, providing opportunities for learning Canadians to excel
in our digital world and helping to position the country's education
sector as a leader in the information age," said Minister Jennex. "We
applaud the federal government for moving forward."
Founded in 1967, CMEC is the collective voice of Canada's ministers of
education. It provides leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and
international levels and contributes to the fulfillment of the
constitutional jurisdiction for education conferred on the provinces
and territories. For more information, visit us at www.cmec.ca.
SOURCE Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
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