A New Three-Step Syllabus Rule for Dealing Fairly With University Course Readings

November 11th, 2020 by  | Comments Off on A New Three-Step Syllabus Rule for Dealing Fairly With University Course Readings

The 2020 appeals court ruling in York University v. The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency, declared York’s fair dealing guidelines, which attempted to set out the terms for fairly using articles and chapters in the university’s courses without paying royalty fees, to be other than fair to authors and publishers. The court notes that “York did not justify [its claim to ‘fair dealing’] beyond invoking education as an allowable purpose” (258). In the face of the court’s refusal of York’s blanket appeal to the fair dealing exception to copyright infringement, and now that the case is headed to the Supreme Court, I want to set out for your consideration a different approach to dealing fairly with this particular publishing marketplace.

Read the full article on Slaw, Canada’s online legal magazine.

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