What Does Fair Dealing Mean?
Fair dealing refers to an exception to exclusive rights exceptions that apply to copyright holders in Commonwealth nations like Canada, the U.K. and Australia. This term is largely synonymous with the doctrine of fair use in the U.S. Fair dealing slightly limits the rights of copyright holders by allowing users to copy certain protected works for educational and public information purposes, such as news reporting, individual study, research and review.
Fair dealing is a concept designed to expound on copyright laws while providing exceptions, rather than defenses, for an individual's use of digital media. Unauthorized uses, or uses beyond good faith, are typically considered against the grain of fair dealing.