World Congress Adopts CAUT Motion
Connotea Imports 2012-07-31
"The 1,400 delegates attending the 6th World Congress of Education International in July unanimously passed a resolution introduced by CAUT [Canadian Association of University Teachers] calling for greater balance in global copyright rules....“By supporting this motion, you will make it clear our priority is to ensure all students, teachers and researchers across all sectors of education and in all parts of the world have better access to the learning materials they need and deserve,” [CAUT President Wayne Peters] also told delegates. The resolution was seconded by the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) in Ghana....“In Ghana, the time to complete a PhD is rising mainly because students don’t have access to the library resources and research materials they need,” said [NAGRAT President Christian Addai-Poku]. “Libraries can’t afford books and journals and digital content on the Internet is increasingly locked up.” The CAUT resolution calls on EI [Education International] to advocate at the international level for a more balanced approach to copyright rules, one that respects the rights of owners but allows exemptions for non-commercial educational and research purposes."