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Early Modern Studies Program

A guide to the interdisciplinary Early Modern Studies Program.

Fair Dealing

All King's students, faculty, and staff are obligated to comply with the Copyright Act.

The King's Board of Governors approved a Fair Dealing Policy to guide the University community through fair dealing use of copyrighted material in June, 2014. The following guidelines are excepted from that document:

"The policy permits faculty members, instructors, and staff members to copy and communicate, in paper or electronic form, short excerpts from copyright-protected works for any of the eight fair dealing purposes. The most important purposes for the university are research, private study and education. Section 4 of the Fair Dealing Policy defines a short excerpt as follows:

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.

When considering copying or communicating a short excerpt under the Fair Dealing Policy, the most advantageous of sections 4(a) through (g) may be selected. For example, if one chapter of a book is more than 10% of the book, the one chapter may be copied under the Fair Dealing Policy. If more than one figure is selected for copying, the number of figures selected that may be copied under the Fair Dealing Policy cannot exceed 10% of the book. For example, if a book is 200 pages long, up to 20 pages may be copied under the Fair Dealing Policy.

The Fair Dealing Policy does not apply to students except to the extent that a student is an employee of the university, e.g. as a teaching assistant or instructor. The policy might however provide a general guidance on how the fair dealing exemption can be applied.

For information regarding the Fair Dealing Policy and Canada’s copyright law, contact the Copyright Officer at or (902) 422-1271 extension 119.

Dalhousie University has also approved Fair Dealing Guidelines for its community. The Dalhousie University Libraries have created an excellent and detailed guide to copyright, available here.