The National Post doesn’t understand fail dealing.

I have occasionally quoted from the National Post newspaper, but I think I’m going to stop because the seem not to understand the concept of Fair Dealing in Canadian copyright law. Now when you want to copy a piece of text from one of their article by right clicking, they prompt to ask you if you want to obtain a license. If you say no you can’t copy the text. I guess if you say yes then they let you. I won’t be saying yes, so it is a moot point.

By the way Mr. National Post, the right click capture is easily defeated.

I quote for research or review. I never copy more than a paragraph. I provide a link to the relevant article so that readers can read it themselves. I do not profit from the information – there are no ads on my blog.

As such, my use falls within Fair Dealing and I do not need a license. And a license does not affect Fair Dealing anyway:

The availability of a licence is not relevant to deciding whether a dealing has been fair. As discussed, fair dealing is an integral part of the scheme of copyright law in Canada. Any act falling within the fair dealing exception will not infringe copyright. If a copyright owner were allowed to license people to use its work and then point to a person’s decision not to obtain a licence as proof that his or her dealings were not fair, this would extend the scope of the owner’s monopoly over the use of his or her work in a manner that would not be consistent with the Copyright Act’s balance between owner’s rights and user’s interests.[38]

But if the National Post does not want me referring my readers to their content, that’s fine with me. There are plenty of other newspapers.

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