Fair dealing is a general Copyright Act provision available to all users of copyright works, but has particular application in education. It allows the use of copyrighted works without permission as long as the use is determined to be fair. The Canadian Supreme Court has through a number of rulings provided guidance to help with this determination.
For course distributions of supplementary works, faculty and staff must follow the MacEwan University Fair Dealing Guidelines ["Guidelines"]. There will be instances when uses that exceed the Guidelines may still qualify as fair dealing or could be covered by an exception. Faculty and staff should consult with the MacEwan Copyright Specialist for approvals of such uses. Fair Dealing assessments are provided and suggestions offered for alternative options if fair dealing does not apply.