New Fair Dealing Policy and Guidelines
(February, 2013): The University has approved a new Fair Dealing Policy and Guidelines. This policy, developed by AUCC, applies fair dealing in non-profit universities and provides reasonable safeguards for the owners of copyright-protected works in accordance with the Copyright Act and the Supreme Court of Canada decisions from July 2012.
You can access the new fair dealing guidelines here.
Bill C-11 Now Law
(November 7, 2012): Bill C-11 has, by and large, been enacted with the full force of law. The majority of the Bill as it was drafted has taken effect. The changes it introduces are some of the widest and most sweeping in decades. The consumer oriented provisions in effect include:
- The addition of education, parody and satire as fair dealing purposes.
- User generated content (i.e. mashups) are now protected as well as the websites that host them.
- New consumer exceptions for practices such as time shifting, format shifting, and the making of backup copies.
- An exception for publicly available materials on the Internet for education.
- A technology netural approach to the display of materials. The previous law was limited to overhead projector or manual reproduction.
- A new distance learning provision, tempered by a requirement to destroy teaching materials at the conclusion of the course, if the provision is utilized.
- A restrictive digital delivery model for interlibrary loans.
- A new exception for public performance of films in a classroom setting which should reduce the need for licensing of such materials.
The sections of Bill C-11 that remain to be enacted deal with ISP's and the notice and notice takedown system proposed in the legislation.
Additional commentary and analysis is also provided via Michael Geist's blog.
Dalhousie and the AUCC Model Licence Agreement Update
Dalhousie is developing a framework to guide us in developing ethical, sustainable copying practices. The development of this framework, well underway, in combination with a movement towards Open Access will enable the University to eventually operate without the safety net of a blanket license.
Faculty are asked to continue relying on copyright compliance best practices already established; making or distributing hard or digital copies only to the extent permitted under an existing license (other than Access Copyright), under the Fair Dealing Guidelines or with the permission of the publisher so that the University is in a well established position to operate without a blanket license.
Questions? Contact Us Anytime!
For further information on Dalhousie's strategy in developing ethical and sustainable copying practices, please contact:
Intellectual Property Assistant
Assistant University Librarian Collections
Dalhousie's New e-Reserve Service
Want to make course-related articles and book chapters available electronically to your students in New OWL? The Dalhousie Libraries have begun offering faculty a new e-Reserve service: an option to have links to licensed e-content added to your reading lists and uploaded to New OWL by one of the Dal Libraries’ Circulation staff, with copyright clearance obtained if necessary.
For further information on this service, please visit the Dalhousie Libraries' Course Reserves for Faculty webpage.
Selected Copyright Resources
The Dalhousie Libraries have prepared a number of resources to help the Dalhousie community gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding copyright compliance on campus.
- We provide clear guidelines on fair dealing rules as they apply to research, private Study, criticism, and news reporting.
- The Fair Dealing FAQ's for Faculty addresses some of the more common questions that arise in dealing with copyrighted material.
- The Dalhousie Libraries' Copyright LibGuide examines a broader range of subject material covering everything from screening feature films to acquiring permissions to a more basic and general Copyright FAQ section.
- Dalhousie University licenses many electronic resources for its staff, faculty, and current students including indexes, databases, e-journals, and e-books. Our e-Resource Use guide helps you stay informed about what uses are associated with each of the products.
- Get up to speed on copyright rules regarding the use of materials for online teaching, photocopying and film performances.