User Rights in Education – Comparative Copyright Laws in US & Canada

Speaker: Dwayne K. Buttler


Dwayne will identify the key public policy goals copyright purportedly remedies, albeit sometimes most unhelpfully, and then compare some commonalities and differences between US and Canadian approaches and, in particular, serious limitations plaguing “fair dealing” regimes, that in the speaker’s view, is a rigid adherence to statutory constructs and precisely identified allowances or limitations that offers far less flexibility than the US fair use doctrine for making creative decisions in novel situations.

Speaker Bio:

Dwayne K. Buttler, JD serves as the first Evelyn J. Schneider Endowed Chair for Scholarly Communication at the University of Louisville and holds a faculty appointment as a Professor in University Libraries. Much of his work focuses on the complex interrelationship of copyright law, licensing, and activities at the core of the university and library mission—teaching, learning, and scholarly communication. Professor Buttler earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and holds a BA in Telecommunications from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Dwayne teaches mass communication law at UofL and leads numerous invited presentations on copyright and scholarly communication for administrators, faculty, librarians, and scholars in the library and the higher education communities.