You may have heard that the Supreme Court issued its decisions on several copyright cases today and in particular, its decisions on the Alberta v. Access Copyright (K-12 case) and SOCAN v. Bell (song previews) are a big win for fair dealing. Similar to the CCH case, the Court stated that fair dealing is a user's right and must be interpreted in a broad and liberal manner.
In the K-12 case, the judge stated that photocopies provided by teachers are essentially for students' research or private study which are fair dealing purposes and it doesn't matter if the copies are requested by students or not. It should be noted that the K-12 case is being referred back to the Copyright Board for further review.
Michael Geist has a great article on it - http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/6588/125/
The Court's decision on the K-12 case is here - http://scc.lexum.org/en/2012/2012scc37/2012scc37.html
Never a dull moment with copyright!
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