Copyright Office Updates

February 25th to March 1st 2019 - Fair Dealing Week

The week of February 25th, 2019 the University of Manitoba, along with other Canadian and American educational institutions, are recognizing Fair Dealing / Fair Use Week.

Fair Dealing is a flexible doctrine in the Copyright Act that grants an exception to copyright protection as long as the use is fair. The Fair Dealing provision aims to strike a balance between the rights of the creator and the rights of the user.

Faculty, instructors, students, librarians and support staff make use of Fair Dealing on a regular basis for educational, private study and research purposes. For instance, faculty or students copying a chapter or an article for research purposes may be exercising their Fair Dealing rights.

Want to learn more about Fair Dealing?

Talk to a Fair Dealing expert from the U of M Copyright Office:

Tuesday, February 26, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
1st Floor Fletcher Argue Hallway (approaching the Duff Roblin Tunnel)

Attend a presentation:

“Fair Dealing: Why it Matters”
Wednesday, February 27, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Icelandic Boardroom, 3rd Floor Elizabeth Dafoe Library


October 5, 2018

Copyright changes are coming under the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Most significantly for the University Community, the term of copyright will change from 50 years after the death of the author to 70 years--meaning that it will be an additional twenty years before new works enter the public domain.

The USMCA has not yet been passed into law in Canada, but we can expect the copyright term extension to become effective in the coming years. The Copyright Office will update the University community as this extension comes into force.    


July 12, 2017

This morning, the Federal Court of Canada issued its decision in the litigation between Access Copyright and York University. The decision is over 120 pages long. The University of Manitoba is currently reviewing this decision to determine what impact it might have on the University community, especially regarding how it uses copyrighted materials and applies the Fair Dealing exception.