Fair Use/Fair Dealings Week Feb 26-Mar 2

A logo with an interlocking circle on the left and text on the right in two shades of blue that says "Fair Dealing Week".

Next week is Fair Use/Fair Dealings Week, a week to inform, educate, and celebrate the concepts of Fair Use (United States) and Fair Dealings (Canada) as well as in other countries.

As described by fairuseweek.org,

Fair use and fair dealing are essential limitations and exceptions to copyright, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. Fair use and fair dealing are flexible doctrines, allowing copyright to adapt to new technologies. These doctrines facilitate balance in copyright law, promoting further progress and accommodating freedom of speech and expression.

As copyright, fair dealing, and education are some of the core values of Canadian libraries, the Great Library hopes this can be a week to help inform users about fair dealing and how it intersects with clients, and promote a better understanding of copyright law and intellectual property as well. The issue has been litigated in Federal Court as recently as last July, between York University and Access Copyright, the collective which collects royalties on behalf of its authors.

Next week we will be putting up a display in the library, as well as including e-resources that members of the Law Society can access online. Stay tuned!


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