What is Fair Dealing? Fair dealing is a concept embedded in Canadian copyright law that recognizes that certain uses of copyright-protected works do not require permission from the copyright holder. It applies to all types of works and is subject to limits--tests of fairness must be applied.
The "fair dealing exception" in the Canadian Copyright Act has a large, positive impact on K-12 schools and post-secondary educational institutions. This allows the use of material from a copyright-protected work 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.
For more information on copyright and for guidance on how to use fair dealing for your educational needs, see the Fair Dealing section, and the Copyright for Instructors and Copyright for Students tabs on KPU's Copyright Guide.
Please take a few moments to tell us how you use Fair Dealing in the course of your research, studies and teaching:
**See bottom of the page for your anonymous responses to our survey from 2016
How does fair dealing affect the way you teach?
How does fair dealing affect your research and authorship?.
Without the fair dealing exception, how would your academic work change?
How has the library helped support your teaching, research, and authorship?
How does society benefit from fair dealing?