Writers’ Union Launches Copyright Law Petition

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The Writers’ Union of Canada has launched a petition to the federal government calling for an immediate change to the copyright law.

The petition calls on the Government of Canada to change the law to “ensure that educational copying is permitted, with royalties going to writers and publishers.” The petition also calls on the federal government to work with provincial governments to “ensure the education sector is properly funded, so it can pay its hardware bills.”

In a letter accompanying news of the petition, Writers’ Union executive director John Degen – who has written on the issue for Quill & Quire earlier this year – notes that although the decade-long struggle over copyright law has often been described as one in which the organization is in an adversarial relationship with the education sector, it this is an unfair characterization of the situation.

“With this petition, we insist that the problem does not lie with those who provide or receive education – Canada’s teachers and students – but rather that the failure comes from weak law and a underfunded and poorly administered education system,” writes Degen.

The petition can only be signed by Canadian citizens or residents.

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