Janet Mason

Janet Mason

Professor, School of Public Policy & Governance
University of Toronto

How does fair dealing affect the way you teach your courses?

Fair dealing has made it much easier for me to provide access to my students to scholarly research, in particular individual chapters from books that are not available online from the U of T Library. In the past, I would either produce a course pack which was very time consuming and expensive for students or put books in course reserve in the library. The course pack approach did not necessarily address the problem of copyright so this was another cumbersome and time consuming process. Putting books on reserve in the library isn’t really realistic and limits the number and scope of readings that I can put on my syllabus.

There is no doubt that the service which the library provides of reviewing my syllabus and my online postings to ensure they meet the fair dealing requirements is much more streamlined and provides significantly more flexibility in what readings I can put on the reading list. It also gives me much greater comfort that I am acting within the law.