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Paul Jones, CAUT In addition to bringing the CAUT Guidelines for Use of Copyrighted Material to a wider audience, this piece also does an excellent job of illustrating ... View > 25-May-11


From: Paul Jones, CAUT - Posted: 25-May-11 - 16:16

In addition to bringing the CAUT Guidelines for Use of Copyrighted Material to a wider audience, this piece also does an excellent job of illustrating some key copyright points.

The first is that there are occasions when copyrighted works can be shared or copied without the permission of, or payment to, the copyright owner. You are free to link to material, which Mr. Degen does with our Guidelines. You are also free to quote from a document (which Mr. Degen also does with our Guidelines) because Canadians have the right to freely reproduce insubstantial portions of a work.

These and other user rights are of fundamental importance to writers and artists and to research, learning and free expression. They are discussed in greater depth in the CAUT document. Check them out at:

http://www.caut.ca/uploads/Copyright_guidelines.pdf

The second point the piece illustrates, sadly unfortunately, is the detachment from reality of copyright extremists such as Mr. Degen. The college and university sector spends more than a billion dollars a year on copyrighted works. This amount is growing and will continue to grow. In this context Degen’s portrayal or teachers and students as rip-off artists is both delusional and offensive. It is also expected. The publishing and entertainment industries seem unable to add anything beyond hyperbole to the copyright debate. That’s too bad because copyright is a complex issue that needs more, not less, reasoned and nuanced discussion.

Paul Jones, Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)

http://www.caut.ca/uploads/Copyright_guidelines.pdf

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