The Fair Dealing exception in the Copyright Act permits the use of copyrighted material without permission or payment of copyright fees, provided the copying passes a two-step test. The first step is to check that the copying is for one of the specific purposes outlined in the Act.
Are you making this copy for one of the following fair dealing purposes?
Private Study - for the recipient’s individual study and review; includes copies made by teachers for their students
Research - broadly defined to include all kinds of research, including research for personal interest and consumer research
Criticism - may include academic or literary criticism; also commentary, and critiques
Review - discussion of artistic merit and disclosure of facts and events
News Reporting - traditional print, radio and television reporting, as well as newsletters and blogs
Education - includes copies made by teachers or instructors at an educational institution, on behalf of their students, for the purpose of education
Parody - use of a work for the purpose of parody
Satire - use of a work for the purpose of satire
Note that almost all copies made for educational purposes will pass this first step test.
Select Your Answer:
Yes If you answered YES to the above question, proceed to STEP 2 - IS YOUR COPYING FAIR?
No If you answered NO to the above question, you may need to look at alternative options for making the copy.
Not Sure If you answered I AM NOT SURE to the above question, please contact the Copyright Officer for assistance with making this determination.