Facebook Reversal Demonstrates that Users and Public Care about Rules in Digital World

    OTTAWA, Feb. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Library Association (CLA)
called on the Government of Canada to pay attention to public concern over
copyright rules in a digital world.
    "The recent corporate reversal of rules on copyright ownership on
Facebook demonstrates that the public really cares about regulations for the
digital world," said CLA President, Ken Roberts. "Politicians absolutely need
to hear the public's concerns about any future copyright terms."
    As a social networking site, Facebook allows individuals to share with
others, and connect with those around them in a digital environment. CLA urges
the government to address the copyright implications of the Internet and
digital content with a balanced and thoughtful public policy based approach
that upholds and protects Canadian values and culture. Technology and the
content provision industries are rapidly evolving and legislative attempts to
force existing business models on Canadians by placing constraints on
technology are wrong.
    CLA has long advocated for pending copyright legislation changes to
better reflect the public interest. "Copyright is no longer a dry academic
issue," added Roberts. "Canadians really care about copyright policy and are
passionate about making sure that there are rules that promote access to
knowledge for society as a whole."
    Facebook users played a major role in demonstrating that Canadians
opposed overly restrictive copyright laws during the last Parliament, when
over 40,000 Canadians joined a Facebook Copyright Group almost overnight. It
is ironic that Facebook users have once again demonstrated public concern over
digital rights.
    The government is now dealing with issues which impinge on a majority of
Canadians in their homes, workplaces, libraries and classrooms. Given the
complexities, reach and interrelatedness of copyright issues, the government
needs to engage all stakeholders in a broad reaching consultation about what
copyright needs to be in the 21st Century.

    The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques
(CLA) is Canada's largest national and broad-based library association,
representing the interests of public, academic, school and special libraries,
professional librarians and library workers, and all those concerned about
enhancing the quality of life of Canadians through information and literacy.

For further information:

For further information: Ken Roberts, CLA President and Chief Librarian,
Hamilton Public Library, (905) 546-3215, kroberts@hpl.ca; CLA Public Affairs
Office: Alana Fontaine, (613) 233-8906, cla@impactcanada.com

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