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Submission from The Association for Media and Technology in Education in Canada (AMTEC) received on September 13, 2001 via e-mail

Subject: Copyright Act Amendments, Endorsement of Copyright Forum Position

September 13, 2001

Dear Sirs:

Having long participated in consultations concerning the reform of the Canadian Copyright Act, The Association for Media and Technology in Education in Canada (AMTEC: www.amtec.ca ), appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues published on June 22, 2001. Our Association maintains a lively and dedicated interest in those issues involved in the educational application of the Act.

For this reason, the Association wishes explicitly to endorse the position taken by the Copyright Forum in its Discussion Paper On Digital Copyright Issues - June 2001 http://www.aucc.ca/en/briefs/copyrightforumpaper.pdf ). In the view of the AMTEC Board and its copyright representative, Ross Mutton, the recommendations in this paper reflect generally the convictions of the vast majority of AMTEC's varied membership in the Canadian educational community.

AMTEC supports the entire discussion paper and wishes to emphasize the following key issues :

* The use of the Internet for teaching and learning must be legally available and should be considered a telecommunication to the public as defined in 4.3 of the paper.

* Obtaining permission to use a digital work must be possible in a timely manner to enable current and relevant teaching

* Students taking courses from educational institutions, at a distance and/or through technological means should be treated equitably in relation to those who learn in physical classrooms. Please see the paper's recommendations at 5.2

* Technological protection measures should not erode the fair dealing provisions of the Act or the scope of educational research. We support such measures for the protection of intellectual property, but there should be provisions to allow for circumvention of such technology for non-infringing purposes. We believe this position is consistent with recommendation 6.11 (e) of the final report, The Challenge of the Information Highway, of the Information Highway Advisory Council in 1995.

We look forward with interest to further discussion of the proposed amendments to the Act. Specific questions on copyright issues should be directed to Ross Mutton at Ross_Mutton@carleton.ca .

Sincerely,

Ray Whitley, Ph.D., President, AMTEC
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