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Colleges and Institutes Pleased with Passage of Copyright Modernization Act

Ottawa, June 20, 2012 – ACCC welcomes the House of Commons passage of Bill C-11, the Copyright Modernization Act.

Bill C-11 sets the legal framework for education in the digital age. The legislation enables learners and teachers to use publicly available Internet materials for their educational pursuits without fear of copyright infringement. It provides that education is an allowable purpose for fair dealing under defined conditions. When enacted, Bill C-11 will improve Canada’s competitive advantage in on-line learning and skills development.

“The educational community has needed modern copyright legislation for years,” says ACCC President and CEO James Knight. “In an era when connectivity is becoming universal, positioning Canada as a leader in the information age is essential. Antiquated copyright legislation was a huge impediment for teachers and learners. The legislation will stimulate teaching and learning for generations to come.”

Bill C-11 is with the Senate for review and debate.

ACCC is a member of the Education Coalition, a coalition of national education organizations that includes the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada. The Coalition has been a strong advocate of this legislation.

ACCC is the national voice for 128 publicly-funded colleges and institutes with campuses in 1,000 communities, serving 1,500,000 full and part-time learners. Ninety percent of college graduates find employment within six months of program completion.

For more information, contact:

Michèle Clarke
Director, Government Relations and Policy Research
ACCC
Tel: (613) 746-2222 ext 3150
Email: mclarke@accc.ca