The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology ("the Committee") has entered the first stage of its Copyright Act Review plan. This stage involves collecting testimony from various stakeholders representing specific sectors, such as publishing, education, and visual arts.
Twelve groups have given testimony since April 17th. The education sector, libraries, students, and publishers were all well represented. The testimony from Universities Canada, Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), Campus Stores Canada (CSC), and Colleges and Institutes Canada is of particular relevance to those involved in the educational community.
Paul Jones, Education Officer at CAUT, provided testimony, which can be viewed in the video below; excerpted and presented here in line with the Speaker's Permission Regarding the Reproduction of the Proceedings of the House of Commons and its Committees.
The full sitting of the above meeting is available on ParlVU - Meeting No. 101 - Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. All of the testimony given is available on ParlVU; you can find a list of meetings and links to their recordings on the page for the Statutory Review of the Copyright Act.
Several Libraries were represented by the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, Canadian Federation of Library Associations, and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Students were also represented, with the Canadian Federation of Students, and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations testifying. Publishers were through the testimony of the Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ), the Writers' Union of Canada, and the Association of Canadian Publishers.
If you want more information on the Copyright Act Review please see:
- Copyright Act Review Announced (updated with relevant news, as appropriate), and
- Copyright Act Review: INDU Committee Seeking Input