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C-11 and Fair Dealing

Faculty neednot worry with the new copyright laws. Fair dealing rights have been 
expanded to education and the Supreme Court has decided that fair 
dealing must be given a very broad interpretation. So, when copying - 
ask yourself two questions: 1. Is this amount of material fair? and 2. 
Am I a fair person?
If the answer to both questions is YES, then you probably are within the 
fair dealing guidelines. And if not, the penalty is not enough to be 
overly concerned about as long as you acted in good faith. The penalty must 
be related to the actual damages, which are surely not that great.
Of course this not an open license to blatantly copy. The operative word is "fair"
 AND we should be using open educational resources so that we don't have to worry about the strict digital locks and licenses that we cannot circumvent under the new law.


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