Fair Dealing Week

Event Date: 28th February 2018

The Copyright Office of the University of Alberta is celebrating Fair Dealing Week 2018 by hosting four events on Wednesday, February 28.  All events will be in held in the Wild Rose Room at the Lister Centre.

I. Event Schedule

Welcome and Opening Remarks [9:30-9:45am]: Kathleen DeLong, Vice-Provost, Learning Services and Chief Librarian, University of Alberta

The State of Fair Dealing in Canada [9:45-10:45am]

Speaker: Lisa Di Valentino, Law and Public Policy Librarian at the University of Massachusetts

Moderator: Amanda Wakaruk, Copyright Librarian, Copyright Office, University of Alberta

Abstract: This session will provide an overview of fair dealing in Canada with a focus on the recent and continuing case of Access Copyright v. York University. This long-awaited Federal Court decision resulted in a loss for York on all claims and is currently under appeal. The history and context of the litigation, the court’s decision, the criticisms of the academic community, and the implications for future interpretations of fair dealing in Canadian education will be addressed.

Fair Dealing Guidelines Forum [11:00-12:00pm]

Facilitator: Adrian Sheppard, Director, Copyright Office, University of Alberta

Moderator: Cindy Paul, Copyright Specialist, Copyright Office, University of Alberta

Abstract: It has been over five years since the AUCC Fair Dealing Guidelines were released, and just as the Copyright Act is undergoing a review after five years, it seems timely to review these Guidelines as well. What have we learned about applying institutional fair dealing guidelines in a university context over the last five years, and how might we revise or enhance such guidelines to create improvements based on this experience? Does it still make good practical sense for universities to rely on fair dealing guidelines modelled on the 2012 AUCC Guidelines, or are there alternative approaches that might better serve the needs of the university community in applying their fair dealing rights effectively?

Today’s Fair Dealing Discussion in Federal Parliament [1:30-2:30pm]

Speaker: Chris George, President, CG&A Communications

Moderator: Obianuju Mollel, Senior Consultant, Knowledge Management Practice Support & Education, Alberta Health Services

Abstract: Federal Members of Parliament are reviewing the Copyright Act and the outcomes from this review have the potential to frame the copyright debate and possible legislative agenda for years to come. Educational use of fair dealing will be an issue of considerable discussion as MPs are being intensely lobbied to narrow or eliminate the fair dealing provision. So, there is a great deal at stake for Canadian educators and students with the current parliamentary review. It is paramount that educators understand what is happening in Ottawa, both the details of the government’s copyright review process, and insight into the active lobbying against the fair dealing provision. Appreciating the finer points of today’s fair dealing discussion in the Federal Parliament will empower educators to become better advocates for fair dealing.

How You Can Contribute the 2017/2018 Canadian Copyright Act Review [3:00-4:00pm]

Facilitator: Michael McNally, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta

Moderator: Adrian Sheppard, Director, Copyright Office, University of Alberta

Abstract: The 2012 revisions to the Canadian Copyright Act added a new section to the Act (s. 92) that mandates review of the legislation every five years. November 2017 marked the fifth anniversary of the 2012 revisions and thus the beginning of the first mandated review of the Act. This session will explore the review process and discuss the status of how individuals and groups can be involved in the review, as well as commenting on the role of previous copyright consultations in informing the Act.

Closing Remarks [4:00-4:15pm]: Adrian Sheppard, Director, Copyright Office, University of Alberta.

III. Register

These sessions are free, but all attendees must register here.

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