What is Fair Dealing?

The Canadian Copyright Act allows the use of material from a copyright protected work (literature, musical scores, audiovisual works, etc.) without permission from or payment to the copyright owner for specified purposes. These purposes include research, private-study, education, parody, satire, criticism, review, or news reporting. This rule, called the “fair dealing exception,” has a large, positive impact on K-12 schools and post-secondary educational institutions.

What is this project about?

This site was launched for Fair Dealing/Fair Use Week 2016. Fair Dealing/Fair Use week is an annual initiative commissioned by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). While fair use and fair dealing are employed on a daily basis by students, faculty, librarians, journalists, and all users of copyrighted material, Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is a time to promote and discuss the opportunities presented, celebrate successful stories and explain the doctrine.

History of this site:

This site is a project that was created in 2016 by staff and librarians at the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office at the University of Toronto Libraries in collaboration with other Canadian universities and with Fair Dealing/Fair Use Week. Upkeep for this site is currently provided by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries

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