Fair Dealing in Education: A Firm Foundation Supporting Canadian Educational Content

As the review of the Copyright Act approaches, CASA strongly believes that fair dealing has proven crucial to reducing barriers, improving access and enhancing innovation and quality in Canadian post-secondary education. The exceptions granted by fair dealing have permitted educators and students to access and circulate information and content more easily, using the newest technologies available. The ability to fairly use and distribute content for educational purposes is a vital component of a modern and innovative education.

 

Cover page of CASA's fair dealing report

 

Access to information and post-secondary education affordability are interrelated:

  • Fair dealing allows students to access a wider breadth of information, which is essential to a higher quality education
  • Fair dealing makes educational materials more affordable, which also allows students to access more information, further enhancing the quality of education

 

 Fair dealing in education offers a fair balance between creators and users of copyrighted material:

  • Post-secondary students continue to pay for learning materials
  • Post-secondary students now have access to an even greater scope of information

 

CASA’s recommendations:

  • Preserve education as a component of fair dealing under the Copyright Act
  • Preserve the existing exceptions to copyright infringement for educational institutions

 

To find out more on this topic, read our full report.

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Fair Dealing in Education: A Firm Foundation Supporting Canadian Educational Content
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