SCC Decisions a win for Fair Dealing

On July 12, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down five long-awaited decisions on cases dealing with copyright and fair dealing.  These decisions provide additional guidance and clarity on the application of fair dealing. Two of the five decisions directly treated different aspects of fair dealing. The court has reaffirmed its strong stance in the landmark CCH v Law Society of Upper Canada decision and the new decisions in Alberta (Education) v Access Copyright and SOCAN v Bell Canada provide further guidelines in applying the different levels of fair dealing analysis.

You can read all five decisions here:

Entertainment Software Assoc v. Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada
Rogers Communications Inc. v. Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada
Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada v. Bell Canada
Alberta (Education) v. Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright)
Re:Sound v. Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada