Fair dealing guidelines

Does your intended use of work fall into the following categories? 

  • Research; 

  • Private study; 

  • Education; 

  • Parody or satire; 

  • Review or Criticism; 

  • News reporting. 

Is your intended use actually “fair”? 

This Fair Dealing Policy applies to fair dealing in non-profit universities and provides reasonable safeguards for the owners of copyright­-protected works in accordance with the Copyright Act and the Supreme Court decisions. 

Provided that the intended use falls into one of the categories outlined above, Faculty and Staff may reproduce from this work, in paper or electronic form, using the guidelines below. 


In copying or communicating short excerpts from a copyright-protected work under this Fair Dealing Policy, attribution must be clear (e.g., it must mention the source and, if given in the source, the name of the author or creator of the work). 

A copy of a short excerpt from a copyright-protected work may be provided or communicated to each student enrolled in a class or course: 

  • as a class handout; 

  • as a posting to Mosaic that is restricted to students of the university; 

  • as part of a course pack 

short excerpt means: 

  • 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 (including a painting, print, photograph, diagram, drawing, map, chart, and plan) 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 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. 

Copying or communicating multiple short excerpts from the same copyright­-protected work, with the intention of copying or communicating substantially the entire work, is prohibited. 

Further questions? 

For further clarification on whether or not your usage of a copyrighted work falls into the fair use exceptions as outlined above, email library@auarts.ca

Items that do not fall under these Fair Dealing Guidelines must be submitted to the library at least 6 weeks prior to term start so that we can obtain permission for their use. 

For common questions about image licensing and copyright, go to Copyright FAQ