Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Article: Fair-Dealing and Emergency Remote Teaching in Canada

Samuel Trosow and Lisa Macklem have written "Fair-Dealing and Emergency Remote Teaching in Canada." Published on March 21, 2020, this is information that may help Canadian educators.  Part of the introduction states:
This article explains how copyright law applies to online course materials. We hope it will assist instructors, librarians, teaching assistants, students and administrators working in Canadian colleges and universities.

We agree with the conclusions reached by a group of U.S. copyright experts in the
Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching and Research. They found that copyright law is “well equipped to provide the flexibility necessary for the vast majority of remote learning needed at this time.” We believe their primary conclusion about the applicability of fair-use also applies to its Canadian counterpart, fair-dealing.

First, we will outline the differences and similarities between Canadian fair-dealing and U.S. fair-use. We will then apply the fair-dealing requirements to the current circumstances. In closing, we make suggestions for minimizing risk and offer some ideas that should be considered in the longer-term.
In these extraordinary times, I'm glad to see people providing useful advice so quickly.

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