Instructor, Department of Sociology
University of Toronto
How do you think your life would change if there wasn't a fair dealing exception?
Without it, students’ learning would be impaired by an abrupt transition from textbook readings to primary research reports (without sufficient preparation to understand the latter). Their range of knowledge would be more restricted by copyright considerations than it is now. Instructors’ ability to choose course material for bona fide pedagogical or substantive reasons would be impaired.
My research material would be limited to publicly available data sets, such as the World Bank’s World Development Indicators series, or those to which U of T subscribes. Data sets held by the ICPSR are great for research on North America and some comparative research (such as the World Values Survey), but are of limited use for other international research.