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REMINDER: Fair Dealing Week – February 20-24, 2023

Fair dealing is a critical tool needed to balance the rights of users and owners under Canada’s Copyright Act. Protecting and enhancing fair dealing for users, learners, and researchers makes information and knowledge more accessible. 

Fair Dealing Week is an important opportunity to raise awareness about and advocate for the benefits of balanced copyright laws for the post-secondary education sector.

We invite academic staff associations to promote and participate in the following initiatives:

Virtual keynote address from Brewster Kahle

Brewster Kahle is a digital librarian and founder of the Internet Archive. He will speak on the topic of user rights and fair dealing.

Thursday, February 23, 2023, from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern Time) 

Register here for the Keynote address.

‘Fair Dealing Works’ coalition letter-writing campaign:

CAUT is a member of the newly launched ‘Fair Dealing Works’ coalition. We invite academic staff associations to promote the coalition’s letter-writing campaign asking the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and to Members of Parliament, to protect and maintain educational fair dealing.

Send a letter now.

Social media campaign:

CAUT will share new social media content highlighting the importance of fair dealing and the damage to the public domain caused by the recent extension of copyright protection by an additional 20 years. We encourage academic staff associations to share this content, or pictures of members holding a sign that reads, “I am a creator and I support fair dealing” on social media using the hashtags #fairdealingworks #faircopyright. For more information on this campaign, please consult the following link.

Please keep CAUT informed of your association’s plans for Fair Dealing Week. CAUT will help promote local events through the Fair Use / Fair Dealing Week listing of events and on social media.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Anne-Marie Roy at [email protected] or at 613-820-2270, ext. 182.

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