Students tell House committee that restricting copyright exceptions will hurt education

April 26, 2018

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations voiced their concern to a House of Commons committee that further restrictions on copyright exceptions would unfairly burden students and educators. “Students, either directly through an ancillary fee or indirectly out of operations budgets pay these tariffs,” said CASA Executive Director Michael McDonald. “It is a cost they are expected to bear and one we do not believe is adequately considered.” Groups who support publishers and authors oppose the current iteration of the law, claiming that fair dealing exceptions permit distribution without adequate compensation. University of Ottawa law professor called the authors’ concerns “unfounded,” and stated that students would ultimately bear the brunt of any changes to the law. CP