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Recent changes to the Copyright Act (Canada) and decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada, in particular Alberta (Education) v. Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright), 2012 Supreme Court of Canada 37, have expanded the scope of the fair dealing exception under the Act.

The university’s Fair Dealing Advisory (the "Advisory") outlines the guidelines for making copies under the fair dealing exception of the Act, including how much of a given work may be copied, how it may be distributed and for what purposes. Please review the Advisory carefully so that you understand what you may copy under fair dealing.

The copyright FAQ, guide for instructors, and fair dealing flowchart provide further details about various aspects of copyright. The Check Before You Copy poster is available for download.

We are committed to providing copyright related support and advice to assist faculty, staff and students. If you have questions please contact copyright@uwaterloo.ca.

  1. May 2, 2018Copyright Act Review: Phase 1 - Witnesses representing specific sectors

    The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology ("the Committee") has entered the first stage of its Copyright Act Review plan. This stage involves collecting testimony from various stakeholders representing specific sectors, such as publishing, education, and visual arts.

  2. Apr. 5, 2018Copyright Act Review: INDU Committee seeking input

    The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (the Committee) plans to consult Canadians in a variety of ways over the next year as part of its review of the Copyright Act. In a news release from March 29, 2018, the committee states that they will consult a variety of experts, across fields, in a three phase approach to their work:

    “More specifically, the Committee will hear testimony from:

  3. Mar. 15, 2018Education Ministers' Policy on Fair Dealing

    CMEC is endorsing the fair dealing exception in the Copyright Act, to draw attention to the importance of this exception to educators.

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