Copyright law regulates an essential part of academic life - the creation, intellectual property and use of literary or artistic works. Given the importance of this law, academic staff make every effort to ensure that it serves the public interest well - protecting both creators and users of documents and facilitating access to content, for educational and research purposes. In contrast, major publishing companies are pushing to restrict access to works because they want tougher laws to maximize their profits.
The past success of the education community must be defended and new rights must be advanced. CAUT and academic staff across Canada must continue to advocate for fair copyright.