Fair Dealing Week 2021 - Event Feb 23 and 24 - Registration Open

Copyright Office - 29 January 2021

The University of Alberta and the "Lower Mainland Consortium" (SFU, UBC, Langara, KPU, VCC, and BCIT) will be co-hosting an online event for Fair Dealing Week 2021 on February 23 and 24. The event is free of charge, but registration is required. Registration for the event is now open and available here.  The program includes three presentations, which are described below:

Day 1: Tuesday, February 23

Time:  1300-1400 Eastern (1000-1100 Pacific)

Speaker: Dr. Carys J. Craig, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Presentation: Copyright and Fair Dealing: Lessons Learned in COVID-19 Quarantine

About the Presentation: This year’s Fair Dealing Week takes place against the backdrop of a global health crisis that has fundamentally changed the way we teach and learn. When the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world in 2020, educational institutions were forced to close their classroom doors, lock up their libraries, and take their teaching online. The stark reality of our digital dependency has revealed and exacerbated longstanding problems in Canada’s educational copyright ecosystem. In this presentation, Professor Carys Craig will identify some key problems and—hopefully—some lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis, pointing to the role that fair dealing and user rights must play in reshaping copyright norms for whatever “new normal” emerges.

About the Speaker: Dr. Carys Craig is one of Canada’s leading experts on the law of copyright and fair dealing. An Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, she is the Academic Director of the Professional LLM Program in Intellectual Property Law, Editor-in-Chief of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, and recently served as Osgoode’s Associate Dean of Research & Institutional Relations. Dr. Craig teaches and researches in the areas of copyright, trademarks, law and technology, and legal theory. She holds an LL.B. (First Class Honours) from the University of Edinburgh, an LL.M. from Queen’s University, and an S.J.D. from the University of Toronto.


Time: 1500-1600 Eastern (1200-1300 Pacific)

Speaker: Dr. Pascale Chapdelaine, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor

Presentation: Fair Dealing and Education:  Access Copyright v. York University

About the Presentation: Dr. Pascale Chapdelaine will comment on a recent Canadian jurisprudential development on fair dealing: York University v. Access Copyright, 2020 FCA 77, and on the insights to be derived from this decision for large educational institutions. As the applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada were recently granted, she will analyse the narratives of the two levels of Federal Court decisions and how a different narrative may lead to different conclusions. Reflecting more broadly on the nature of fair dealing as a user right, Dr. Chapdelaine will discuss the practical implications to be derived from the decisions on the design and implementation of fair dealing guidelines by educational institutions.

About the Speaker: Dr. Pascale Chapdelaine is Associate Professor at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. Her book Copyright User Rights, Contracts and the Erosion of Property (Oxford University Press, 2017) explores the rights users have to works protected by copyright (e.g. books, software, music, films) in an ever-changing technological environment. Her research looks at the interaction between intellectual property, property and contracts, as well as consumer and privacy law, as they relate to emerging technologies, business processes, media, and platforms.


Day 2: Wednesday, February 24

Time:  1300-1430 Eastern (1000-1130 Pacific)

Speaker: Panel Discussion

Presentation: Next Steps for Fair Dealing Advocacy

Facilitators: Stephanie Savage, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Services Librarian, UBC, and Jennifer Zerkee, Copyright Specialist, SFU.

Panelists: Brenda Austin-Smith, President of the Canadian Association of University Teachers and Professor of Film Studies at U Manitoba; Eli MacLaren, Associate Professor of Literature, McGill; and Mark McCutcheon, Professor of Literary Studies, Athabasca U.

About the Presentation: Reflecting on the recommendations made by stakeholders in the 2017 Copyright Act review can provide insight into improving our approaches to copyright advocacy. Join us to explore how we in higher education (including faculty, librarians, administrators, in-house legal counsel, and professional associations) can strengthen our collective advocacy efforts. This conversation will bring together panelists who have directly engaged with copyright and fair dealing as both educators and creators, and who have all engaged in copyright advocacy. We will consider how best to respond to concerns about the use of fair dealing in educational settings, as well as how best to put forward our own priorities, both within the framework of the upcoming 2022 Copyright Act review and in the broader public realm.


Registration for the event is now open and available here.