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Fair Dealing Policy and Guidelines: Home

This policy was passed by the Academic Council of Tyndale University College & Seminary, February 28, 2014. It is adapted from The Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada policy and guidelines.

About this Research Guide

Navigate through this Research guide by clicking the tabs across the top of the page. The two general tabs are the Fair Dealing Policy and the General Guidelines. The subsequent tabs apply the policy to specific contexts.

Copyright Notice

The following Notice should be posted near photocopiers in the institution:



Canada’s copyright law provides for copyright to subsist in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. The law governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyright- protected works and communicating such works to the public by telecommunication. Certain copying and communicating of those works may be an infringement of copyright.  Copyright law provides that fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody, satire, criticism, review or news reporting is not an infringement of copyright.

 The university is not liable for any infringing copies made or communicated using copiers or scanners made available by the university.

 The university has adopted a Fair Dealing Policy to assist in determining what may be copied or communicated without infringing copyright. Subject to various qualifications and safeguards, the Fair Dealing Policy permits copying and communicating short excerpts. The Fair Dealing Policy defines a short excerpt as follows:

 4.         A short excerpt means:

          (a)       up  to  10%  of  a  copyright-protected  work  (including  a  literary work, musical score, sound recording, and an audiovisual work)

          (b)       one chapter from a book

          (c)       a single article from a periodical

          ( d)      an entire artistic work (including a painting, print, photograph, diagram, drawing, map, chart, and plan) from a copyright-protected work containing other artistic works

          (e)       an entire newspaper article or page

          (f)        an entire single poem or musical score from a copyright-protected work containing other poems or musical scores

          (g)        an  entire  entry  from  an  encyclopedia,  annotated  bibliography, dictionary or similar reference work provided that in each case, no more of the work is copied than is required in order to achieve the allowable purpose.

 For information regarding the Fair Dealing Policy and Canada’s copyright law, click here or contact the copyright officer, .