Fair Use Week

Fair Use Poem

By Carrie Russell

They say fair use has turned on its head

That schools and libraries take fair use to bed

With veiled threats that litigation has worked before

It surely is not something we should ignore

So much hoopla and oh, such a haul

Schools and libraries follow the law!



Celebrate Fair Dealing Week at the University of Ottawa!

Every day you rely on an important exception and user right in the Canadian Copyright Act: fair dealing. Fair dealing allows for the reproduction of copyright-protected content without the permission of the copyright holder, in certain circumstances.

Join the Copyright Office at the Media Centre (Morisset Library) to learn more about copyright and fair dealing and have some fun!


*Copyright Bits & Bites

Read our informational posters, savour our copyright cookies, participate in our quiz, and have the chance to win a gift card!

Where: MRT 143

When: from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm – come and go as you please!

*Gifs and Memes 101

Want to use or remix existing images or videos for your next creation? Learn more about fair dealing and create your own memes during this hilarious hands-on workshop! Bilingual workshop. Registration required.

Where: MRT 144

When: Workshop 1 10:00 am-11:00 am | Workshop 2 11:00 am-12:00 pm

University of Ottawa

Mélanie Brunet
Copyright Office, University of Ottawa Library

Copyright Protection Gave Superman the Ability to Stop Bullets; Fair Use Made Him a God

Superman is a Depression-era hero thriving in a post-industrial world. His many iterations began with a short story written by a high school student about a mad scientist who performed experiments on men waiting in bread lines. Superman was the mad scientist, he was bald, and he was not a “good guy.” The two high school students who continued to develop Superman eventually realized that people living through the Great Depression needed a hero who could root out corruption, manhandle machines, and sympathize with human frailty. Without early copyright protection, Superman almost certainly would not have developed into the well-known character he is today. Without the Fair Use exception to copyright infringement, however, Superman would not have developed into an archetype. Through Superman, we will trace the history of Fair Use and highlight its importance. The talk will be given by Anderson Duff, Partner at Revision Legal, New York, NY.

Yale University
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