Canadian Teachers’ Federation describes proposed amendments to Copyright act as ‘fair and balanced’

June 12, 2008

(CTF News Service — Ottawa) The Federation representing over 220,000 Canadian teachers is pleased with the federal government’s proposed amendments to the Copyright Act tabled in the House of Commons today.

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) believes specific provisions concerning education will go a long way to help teachers, students, schools and school libraries take greater advantage of the Internet.

“We are particularly pleased the Bill contains specific exceptions for educators to use material that has been posted on the Internet by copyright owners who do not expect to be compensated for its use,” says CTF President Emily Noble. “If amendments are passed, teachers and students could use material that they find on the Internet as long as it is used for educational or training purposes.

“Although we have yet to analyze all the details contained in the Bill, we are pleased that the federal government has listened and addressed our concerns with respect to giving teachers and students free access to materials for educational purposes, allowing them to use material on the Internet that is publicly available for anyone to use, without being afraid of breaking the law.

“Teachers and our Member organizations across Canada have worked very diligently to ensure that our concerns were heard by government and we know that Canadian children and youth will benefit from the education and research provisions contained in the proposed amendments,” concludes Emily Noble.

CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member organizations in every province and territory in Canada as well as an Affiliate Member in Ontario. CTF (http://www.ctf-fce.ca) is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International (http://www.ei-ie.org).

Comments:
Emily Noble, CTF President, 613-688-4300 or by cell 613-899-4209

Background information :
John Staple, CTF Deputy Secretary General, 613-688-4302 or cell 613-899-4207

Media contact:
Francine Filion, CTF Director of Communications, 613-688-4314 or by cell 613-899-4247