As Chairperson of the National Graduate Caucus of the Canadian Federation of Students, I support fair dealing because it ensures that public knowledge remains in the public interest. As students, researchers, and workers, myself and the over 90,000 graduate students want to ensure that copyright law is fair and effective.
Students won the right to use “fair dealing” for the purpose of education in the 2012 Copyright Modernization Act, which now allows the use of copyright protected works without permission or payment to rights holders if the material is used for several purposes including research, private study and education, if certain conditions are met. Current copyright law ensures knowledge remains accessible. From course packs that make materials more affordable to students, to showing a video clip to keep tutorials engaging, graduate students’ work is strengthened by the free exchange of knowledge and ideas.
Students are united with researchers, authors, and faculty in the fight to protect fair copyright and maintain fair dealing.
Chairperson, National Graduate Caucus
Canadian Federation of Students