Copyright and Fair Dealing
How does it affect us?
Fair dealing is described as a statutory exception to the copyright infringement. So what is copyright? On Wikipedia it is described as follows: “Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it.”
Fair dealing allows users to engage in certain activities relating to research, private study, criticism, review, or news reporting. In Canada, fair dealing is much more restrictive then the fair use in the U.S.
So how does this affect myself and other users and creators of copyrighted material? Well, as a user it affects us almost every day. Even by doing this blog, I was able to do research on fair dealing, because of fair dealing. This is because I stayed within the categories stated in the previous paragraph. Fair dealing supports the process of learning. As students, we do research on the daily. We can often use direct quotes, as long as we are using proper citation, giving credit to the original owner. From an early age, students are taught and re-taught not to plagiarize, and to make sure you are giving credit where credit belongs.
Being taught to cite everything properly can benefit us as creators. If you discovered your work had been taken without giving you the credit, I can safely assume you would be upset. Because of copyright and fair dealing, we know our work will only be used in accordance to the fair dealing categories. Our work will remain ours, and we will receive the proper credit we deserve.