Rei Yang

M.Ed Candidate | Higher Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto

How does fair dealing affect what you do at the University of Toronto?

The first thing that came to mind is money. Especially when it comes to graduate work, a lot of the readings we have are from multiple titles. To be able to access these materials without purchasing the books greatly saves money for students like myself. Secondly, it's about accessibility. Related to the financial aspect, instead of saving money, some students simply don't have the funds to purchase these books if required. The fair dealing exception allows professors to provide electronic copies of the materials to students like me. This also helps those who require alternate formats in order to use the materials (e.g., students with hearing loss or print disabilities).

What do you see as the library’s role in helping you with copyright and fair dealing?

The library helps professors and students to organize their reading materials and provide easy access to them. At the same time, they ensure that copyright compliance is followed for all materials provided through the library. It's a worry-free scenario for the users.