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Monday, June 16, 2008

cfs on the ball with education and copyright reform.

Continuing on the topic of Bill C-61 and Canadian copyright legislation reform, I've discovered a pretty good brief (pdf) written by the Canadian Federation of Students detailing the implications of certain types of copyright reform on students and the education sector. Here is part of the section on exemptions for educational institutions:

Asking for special institutional-based exemptions is the approach that was taken in the last round of copyright reform in 1997. It resulted in a complicated, and not very useful, set of narrow privileges for educational institutions. Unfortunately, this approach is still being pushed by groups representing a narrow band of university and college stakeholders: administrators. Seeking further special exemptions that are not available to the general public is a fundamentally flawed strategy. The better option is an expanded and open-ended definition in the Act of fair dealing that reflects the principles laid out in the CCH judgement.
As of today, it looks like only one of Canada's national student advocacy organizations has publicly raised concerns about the implications of Bill C-61 and copyright reform on students and the education sector.

The other national student advocacy organization that my Students' Union fees (and food court purchases?) go towards seems to have yet to say a peep...


(h/t Howard Knopf)

5 comments:

CFS Victim said...

Please tell me that you are not a CFS supporter! I'd sign my name to this but then the CFS would sue me!

daveberta said...

Well, I'm not an Ed Stelmach supporter and he tried to sue me.

No, I'm not really a big fan of either CASA or CFS. I'm just glad to see that at least one of them is on the ball on this issue.

trad said...

It is typical. Students, many of them bloggers, are on the cutting edge of the subject. Meanwhile their elected student leaders sit comfortable in their suits and ties waiting for something all the while oblivious as to what is actually happening in front of their eyes. Good on CFS for doing something.

Marnie Tunay said...

If you haven't seen it yet, you may be interested in seeing the itbusiness.ca commentary on what musicians have to say about the new Copyright Bill:
http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/home/News.asp?id=48805

MarnieTunay
http://fakirscanada.googlepages.com/

dan said...

That's actually a well written memo. CFS is doing its students a big favor by being pre-emptive on this.

An impending byelection in Guelph could make this a byelection issue. UGuelph is a CFS member school and could flex some muscle.