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Fair Dealing Resources

Use these Fair Dealing resources to help you properly apply the Fair Dealing policy:

University of Guelph-Humber Copyright Policy

For information about the university's copyright policies, visit the Copyright section of our website or email 

Fair Dealing Copying Guidelines

What is Fair Dealing?

Fair Dealing is an exception in the Copyright Act which allows users to reproduce copyright-protected works, within limits, for the purposes of research, private study, education, parody, and satire, criticism, review and news reporting, with proper attribution. 

Fair dealing permits instructors to  copy and communicate, in paper or electronic form, short excerpts of copyright-protected works, and to provide a copy to each student enrolled in a class or course.

Short excerpts may be provided to students

  • As a class handout
  • As a posting to the course website
  • As part of a course pack

What is a short excerpt?

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

  • one chapter from a book

  • a single article from a periodical  

  • an entire artistic work from a copyright-protected work containing other artistic works

  • an entire newspaper article or page

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

  • an entire entry from an encyclopaedia, annotated bibliography, dictionary or similar reference 

Licensed Content

Licensed content includes DVDs and sound recordings under license, electornic journals, ebooks and other works purchased online.

All content made available through the library's electronic resources is governed by the terms of the license, which may prohibit some uses that are permitted under Fair Dealing and other exceptions in the copyright act.

Check the license terms to see what applies or consult Library Services before you copy and distribute content available under license.

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