Gerald Beasley Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian at the University of Alberta, discusses the purpose of copyright legislation.

"Work done at universities for educational, scholarly, and research purposes contributes significantly to the public good. Access to copyrighted material produced by others plays an essential role in performing that work. Scholars learn from and build upon the creative work of those who have come before, and undue restrictions on the access to and use of such creative work can impede the advances of scholarship. Fair use and fair dealing are important tools in maintaining appropriate levels of access and use. "