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    CMEC Releases New Version of Copyright Matters!

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    Wednesday December 12, 2012
    The third edition of Copyright Matters!, a copyright guideline document for the Canadian education community backed by government ministers of education, school boards, and the Canadian Teachers' Federation, has been released. This edition accounts for recent court and legislative changes, offering guidance that is far more consistent with the law than the earlier editions. Indeed, the fair dealing guidelines provide further confirmation of the widespread agreement throughout the Canadian education sector on the implications of the Supreme Court of Canada copyright decisions and make it increasingly difficult to justify payments under the Access Copyright licence.
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    The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 10: Council of Ministers of Education Canada

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    Monday October 17, 2011
    Council of Ministers of Education Canada is an intergovernmental body founded in 1967 by ministers of education. Unlike other education groups, this is governmental body with all provincial governments outside of Quebec in agreement on Bill C-11. Much like many other education groups, provincial ministers agree that the digital lock provisions are too restrictive:

    The Copyright Act provides a number of users' rights that permit use of copyright material for educational purposes. Enacting laws prohibiting circumvention, or possession of devices for the purposes of circumvention, would prevent users from exercising the rights given to them under the Copyright Act by successive Parliaments over many decades. The recommended approach is to provide that circumvention of TPMs is prohibited only when the circumvention is for the purpose of infringing copyright.


    Previous Daily Digital Locks: Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (PRCVI) BC, Canadian Consumer Initiative, Retail Council of Canada, Canadian Council of Archives, Canadian Teachers' Federation, Canadian Federation of Students, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Documentary Organization of Canada, Canadian Library Association
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    CMEC Seeks Leave to Appeal Fair Dealing Decision

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    Wednesday September 29, 2010
    The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada has announced that is seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada this summer's Federal Court of Appeal decision involving fair dealing in education.  I discussed the decision here.
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    CMEC Seeks Review of Copyright Board K-12 Decision

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    Tuesday July 28, 2009
    Howard Knopf reports that CMEC has filed for judicial review of the Copyright Board's K-12 decision.
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