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Government delay on education-related copyright laws angers both sides

News | 04/29/2005 4:00 am EDT

Ottawa’s announcement that it will neither build an education exception into the Copyright Act nor mandate a blanket licence scheme to deal with material found on the Internet and used in classrooms has erupted into a war of words between copyright holders and education stakeholders. The two sides issued battling press releases on April 15 as education authorities held a media conference to plead for an immediate amendment to the act in their favour. Two different copyright organizations issued their own pleas in the immediate wake of the press event, urging the government to reform the law quickly to create a payment scheme for materials used by teachers.

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