[kwlug-disc] Fwd: Fw: Copyright bill restricts user rights, research and innovation

Andrew Sullivan Cant acant at alumni.uwaterloo.ca
Thu Jun 10 18:02:25 EDT 2010

Following up on more C-32 bits and pieces.

The Canadian Association of University Teachers, gave a press release 
criticizing the bill. You will find the text below.

I also just heard an interview by Jesse Brown with Marc Garneau, the 
Liberal industry critic.

Garneau supports TPM(technical protection measures) which I guess is 
DRM, and refers to copyright violation as theft.
So, he should probably get some letters. :)

And according to twitter, Tony Clement has also been interviewed by 
Jesse Brown as well.

I assume that will be published soon.


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             Copyright bill restricts user rights, research and innovation

     OTTAWA, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The group representing Canada's
     university and college teachers says the federal government's latest
     copyright bill will unduly restrict the rights of students,
     teachers, researchers and all Canadians.
     "We are deeply disappointed that despite the clear message delivered
     during the copyright consultations, the Harper government has
     instead caved in to the demands of the American entertainment
     industry and is unduly limiting the rights of Canadians to access
     information and entertainment," said David Robinson, associate
     executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers.
     During the consultations, CAUT and many other participants
     emphasized that fair dealing - the right to reproduce copyrighted
     work without permission or payment in certain circumstances such as
     research, private study, criticism, review or news reporting -
     needed to be expanded and protected in the digital age.
     "The government needed to table legislation consistent with a 2004
     Supreme Court Ruling that urged a flexible and expansive
     understanding of the rights of users of copyright material," stated
     Robinson. "Instead, today's bill proposes only specific exceptions -
     including for education and research - that are in fact undermined
     by other provisions in the legislation." For example, the bill
     prohibits the circumvention of digital encryption - any device or
     technology that prevents copying. This means material that is in a
     paper format and can be legally copied now under fair dealing,
     cannot be copied for any reason, including educational or research
     purposes, if it is in electronic format and digitally encrypted.
     "To put it bluntly, the legislation presented today will make it
     even more difficult for university and college teachers and students
     to have access to and use copyrighted materials for teaching and
     learning," said Robinson. "By imposing a blanket provision against
     all circumvention, the government will lock down a vast amount of
     digital material, effectively preventing its use for research,
     education and innovation, and curtailing the user rights of Canadians."
     CAUT is the national voice of more than 65,000 academic and general
     staff at 122 universities and colleges across Canada.
     For further information: David Robinson on cell (613) 282-2451


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