Review of Canadian University Fair Dealing Policies

44 Pages Posted: 11 May 2013 Last revised: 17 May 2013

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Lisa Di Valentino

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Date Written: May 17, 2013


The past three years have seen a number of changes in the area of copyright law, particularly in the area of education. As a result, Canadian universities have had to make policy decisions to account for these changes and the resulting expansion of fair dealing rights. The content and consistency of the resulting policies may have a significant effect on the future interpretation of fair dealing rights. In this paper I analyze the current state of fair dealing policies and supporting information found on university web sites. I conclude that an ideal fair dealing policy is open ended and flexible, and incorporates mention of the significant elements of copyright legislation, court decisions, and other areas of law, in a way that is accessible to its intended audience of faculty and instructors.

Keywords: Canada, copyright, fair dealing, policy, universities, post-secondary education

Suggested Citation

Di Valentino, Lisa, Review of Canadian University Fair Dealing Policies (May 17, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

Lisa Di Valentino (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts Amherst ( email )

Department of Operations and Information Managemen
Amherst, MA 01003
United States

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