The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.There are millions of reasons why access to publicly available Internet material should be freely given to academic institutions for use in the classroom. Each of our children has the world to gain by exposure, with the guidance of trained teaching professionals, to the content available at the click of a mouse. Ultimately, our society wins by telling authors that they are not entitled to compensation when their work is used in the classroom, or even to have any say over whether material is used to teach. Still, we can’t help but think that creating a new exception in the Copyright Act, as academics are asking for, is an unwelcome fly in the ointment.   The issue raises a host of thorny problems. How does one identify material that is not explicitly intended for public use? Millions of documents are available using Google searches that were never likely intended by their authors for public consumption - even in the classroom. Despite the open nature of the Internet, there is, one could argue, an expectation of privacy in cyberspace that results from the sheer volume of documents that are available. It’s unlikely one’s treatise on the merits of a calcium-free diet posted to a health message board will ever see general publication outside a small circle of people who frequent the site, for example. The author of said squib may feel uncomfortable about it going outside that small group. There is also the issue of what rights an author might still expect to be his own even in the classroom environment. Does the author have the right to expect that his work won’t be modified? That it will be credited? That a copy of his work won’t show up in a scholarly paper that is then used by commercial interests? At this stage in the game, it’s problematic to contemplate the kind of amendment academics are seeking. Observers note that existing exceptions likely already protect teachers and a new exception will be vociferously opposed by rights holders already feeling beleaguered by digital piracy issues. We hope Parliamentarians give a firm rebuke to the academics, while listening closely to arguments against what the teachers are really worried about: blanket licensing.