Fair dealing is a section in the copyright act which permits the use of a copyrighted work without permission from the copyright owner. Fair Dealing allows you to copy a short excerpt from a copyright-protected work. Short excerpts mean you can copy up to 10 percent of a copyrighted work such as:
You can use these materials for the following purposes: research, private study, education, parody, satire, criticism, review or news reporting.
It is NOT fair to copy multiple short excerpts from the same copyright-protected work.
You must consider the following Fair Dealing Factors before you copy or distribute a work:
This guide has been adapted from the CLO Learning Portal Copyright page (archived) and the Faculty Toolkit.
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