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In Canada and in many other countries, fair dealing is a part of copyright that recognizes that certain uses of copyright protected works are beneficial for society and therefore do not require the permission of the copyright holder.


What does fair dealing mean to you?
Here are a few recent submissions:

Ryerson University

“Fair dealing is an important part of creating fair and equitable access for students to short excerpts of course readings that do not fall under student purchased materials like textbooks or library purchased ebooks and journals. ​It should also be noted that Open Access, Open Education Resources and other models of freely sharing and accessing scholarly and educational material are important positive trends that continue to impact student’s access to content.” Read more “Ryerson University”

Ryerson University

Nick Mount

“The cost of weakening fair dealing, including increased charges by Access Copyright, will be passed on to students. There is an argument to be made that writers’ incomes in Canada is decreasing and that we as a society should do something about that. But it’s unfair to ask students to pay for it. Fair dealing isn’t the problem, and changing it is isn’t the solution.” Read more “Nick Mount”

Nick Mount
Associate Professor, Department of English
University of Toronto

University of Lethbridge faculty members

What role does Fair Dealing have in the classroom? The University of Lethbridge Library has produced this short video featuring three U of L faculty discussing how Fair Dealing shapes the structure of their classes and how Fair Dealing substantially benefits both teachers and students. Read more “University of Lethbridge faculty members”

Catherine Jenkins

“Ryerson’s librarians have been efficient in posting and organizing requested materials for reliable online access. On occasion, they have also drawn my attention to copyright issues when I have inadvertently requested material beyond the Fair Dealing limit.” Read more “Catherine Jenkins”

Catherine Jenkins
Contract Lecturer, School of Professional Communication
Ryerson University

Shifrah Gadamsetti

“Through fair dealing, my professors are able to share work that has, in turn, inspired me to pursue and engage with their publications more widely. I wouldn’t be able to situate my research in the wider landscape in my field without including figures and images by other researchers in my thesis. Fair dealing lets me make these connections for my readers.” Read more “Shifrah Gadamsetti”

Shifrah Gadamsetti
Sociology Student and President of the Students' Association
Mount Royal University