Balancing the scales: The role of fair dealing in Canada: 2019-02-26

 We are currently updating our webpages to reflect upcoming changes to the term of copyright in Canada. For more information: Read about upcoming changes to the term of copyright protection in Canada.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:15pm
Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 1400-1410

This workshop is in the past and registrations are unavailable.

All times are Pacific Time Zone (Vancouver, BC, Canada).

On Tuesday, February 26, SFU, UBC, Langara, KPU, Douglas, VCC and JIBC invite you to an afternoon of presentations and discussion aimed at demonstrating the value of fair dealing in a modern Canadian context and highlighting the perspectives of diverse copyright stakeholders. Light refreshments will be served.

Please register by February 19. This event is free but registration is required.

This event will also be webcast and recorded for those unable to attend in person. Visit this page on the 26th for the webcast link (you do not need to register to view the webcast). The recording will be available at the same link a few days after the event.



Allan Bell, Associate University Librarian Digital Programs and Services at UBC Library, will provide an overview of the current copyright landscape in Canada.

Panel: The faces of fair dealing: A conversation about user rights in Canada

This panel discussion, moderated by Michal Jaworski, former legal counsel to UBC and partner at Clark Wilson LLP, brings together creators and users for a discussion about the importance of fair dealing. Panelists and attendees will discuss the role that fair dealing plays in their work, mechanisms that promote and impede reliance on fair dealing and how their communities of practice would be impacted if fair dealing were restricted.

Panelists include:

  • Devon Cooke, documentary filmmaker
  • Peter Musser, recent UBC iSchool graduate and YouTube creator
  • Andrea Stuart, Canadian Association of University Teachers
  • Linda Valecourt, Douglas College Bookstore

Keynote: Dr. Meera Nair - Fifteen years after CCH: A time to reflect on what came before, and what may be yet to come

Despite its fifteen-year tenure in Canada, the CCH decision remains misunderstood by its detractors and underused by its potential beneficiaries. This speaks to the reality that judicial (or legislative) change does not occur in a vacuum, but falls on living history. Given today's political climate, where misconception is shaping expectation, a deeper understanding of Canada's copyright experience may encourage more engagement with user rights.

Join Dr. Meera Nair, Copyright Officer for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and author of FairDuty, a blog about copyright in higher education in Canada, for a keynote address on the ongoing impact of the CCH decision on the Canadian copyright landscape.

Thank you to our sponsors

  • Canadian Association of University Teachers
  • University of British Columbia
  • Langara College
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Douglas College

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