Meera Nair


About Fair Duty

Years ago, a member of my doctoral committee said “fair dealing” lacked transparency and challenged me to rename the exception. And so “fair duty” came into being; to make evident the duty of copyright holders to follow the law and not impede legitimate exceptions to the rights of control afforded by law. As I have written here: “Exceptions exist in order to ensure that the rights of copyright do not impede the goals of copyright which might be loosely described as furthering both creativity and knowledge dissemination.”

Under this title is an eclectic collection of writings, some explaining the law, others touching on subjects allied to reading, writing, creativity, innovation, access, domestic politics and international copyright-related activity. Many people have aided my work over the years; my thanks to all.


Selected publications, activity, and chatter:

Where might billion-dollar industries be found?” Published by Edmonton Journal, September 12, 2018.

“Towards Reconciliation,” speaker for ABC Copyright Conference, May 31, 2018.

Reviewing Copyright? Check the history.” Published by Policy Options, August 31, 2017.

Fair dealing, equal under the law,” speaker for Copyright User Rights and Access to Justice Symposium hosted by LTEC (Law and Technology) Lab of Windsor Law, May 18-19, 2017.

Seeking the Margins, Fair Use and Copyright, Harold Innis and Israel,” in eds. Doagoo et al, Intellectual Property for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014) Chapter 14 (p.310-326).

“Canada and Israel – Similarities and Differences in Modern Copyright Exceptions,” speaker for Canada and Israel in a Changing World: New Trends and Directions, hosted by Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 20-22, 2013.

Awarded an Azrieli Postdoctoral International Fellowship for 2012-13. Gratitude is owed to the Azrieli Foundation for supporting my work, Professor Menahem Blondheim of Hebrew University for his interest in my coupling of Harold Innis and Israeli copyright development, and Professor Brian Lewis for invaluable guidance that began with my graduate studies and continued long after.

The System of Copyright,” in ed. Leslie Regan Shade, Mediascapes: New Patterns in Canadian Communication (Toronto: Nelson Education Ltd., 2014-published in 2013) p.321-340.

Invited speaker for Out of the Shadows, hosted by the BC Librarians Association, November 2, 2011. My remarks concerned the role of Access Copyright in educational licensing.

“Fair Dealing at a Crossroads,” in ed. Michael Geist, From “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2010) p.90-120.

“Copyright and Ethics – An Innisian Exploration,” in Global Media Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1, November 2009, p.23-39.

“The Copyright Act of 1889 – A Canadian Declaration of Independence,” in The Canadian Historical Review, Vol. 90, Issue 1, March 2009. p.1-28. Nominated for the 2010 Peter Oliver Prize of The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History.

And, courtesy of Chris Hadfield, my most-viewed blog post: gratitude would have been better



About me

I am the Copyright Officer for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). The opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.