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Copyright & You

Fair Dealing Week: February 26- March 2th, 2018

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:




We asked --You answered




How does fair dealing affect the way you teach?  

  • "Fair dealing makes it much easier for me to assign a variety of readings. I am able to provide students with better resources to support their learning."
  • "It makes me less nervous about using resources for teaching and learning, whether assigned readings or even in my classroom presentations."
  • "It allows me the tools to provide students with a range of materials for use in class without the time-absorbing issues of seeking copyright permission ahead of time."
  • "It allows me to share information with my classes that I wouldn't otherwise be able to."
  • "I use a lot of my own material and grant myself the right to copy my work freely. I also use Open Source and Copy Left material a lot. Typically though, it is usually a single article out of a journal from time to time because my subject area is very fluid and there are not a lot of textbooks."

How does fair dealing affect your research and authorship?.

  • "I author monthly articles in a ........magazine. I believe the fair dealing allows people to use my articles as they want. Fair enough."
  • "Do I have time to worry about who is copying my stuff? I'd rather my stuff gets out there to help change the world."

Without the fair dealing exception, how would your academic work change?  

  • "It would be more difficult to share resources and articles of interest among students and colleagues."
  • "It would certainly constrain my teaching and even my creativity."
  • "I would need to spend lots more time - considerably in advance of classes - seeking permissions. This would mean I would be unable to be as up to date with my class materials as I can currently be".
  • "It really wouldn't."

How has the library helped support your teaching, research, and authorship?  

  • "E-books provide access to expensive materials I would not otherwise consult. Short-term loans for textbooks make readings more accessible to students. The journal database is critical to teaching, research and scholarship."
  • "Education about copyright and fair dealing has been very helpful in clarifying what is and what is not permitted."
  • "By bringing this information to my attention again - thank you!"
  • "It provides a great range of resources on site, and access to many others via its online connections - and the staff are very helpful."
  • "KORA - excellent and I do love getting the stats telling me that my stuff is going out into the world freely."

How does society benefit from fair dealing?  

  • "Enables academic work to be more widely distributed; materials that otherwise stay in the academic realm can have impact in the outside world!"
  • "It is good for the intent of use to be recognized. We do not use copyrighted materials to make a profit or to pretend like we created those works. Rather, we often use them for effective knowledge and/or skill building. Fair dealing only increases the exposure of work in a way that I believe authors would want to uphold. As an author, this is certainly how I feel."
  • "It has much more information freely available to it"
  • "The easier exchange of good information, of different sources and different points of view, helps us make better decisions about important issues."
  • "As long as work is acknowledged, that is what counts. The idea that we actually make money on our publications and might lose money if someone copies instead of buying is hilarious."