Frequently Asked Questions
What is the status of Text and Data Mining activities under the current Canadian Copyright regime?
The Canadian Copyright Act does not address text and data mining. The federal government has signalled that they intend to consider changes to the Act for this type of research, but there is no clear regulation at this point.
For more information see ‘A Consultation on a Modern Copyright Framework for Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things’: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/693.nsf/eng/00316.html
What are the applications and limits of the fair dealing doctrine?
Canadian courts have not provided sufficient direction for researchers to confidently use the fair dealing exception to allow for broad copying of entire protected works for TDM. It should be noted that this is contrary to rights codified in the U.S. fair use where copying for TDM has been successfully used as a defence for researchers in that jurisdiction. Other jurisdictions, such as Japan and the EU, have introduced exceptions specific to TDM. Canadians should expect direction from the government on this issue but should seek the permission of the copyright owners for any mass copying for TDM research.
Can I harvest publicly available data - Twitter feeds, facebook comments, news sites, etc. for analysis?
How do I obtain permissions to harvest a corpus of texts, and are there different licensing and access models?
Can anyone at UNB Libraries help me navigate the legal landscape on this and reach out to implicated publishers?
For more information, contact Josh Dickison, Copyright Officer and Manager of Digital Delivery at UNB Libraries: firstname.lastname@example.org
UNB Libraries may forward you to, or ask you to contact, the Office of Research Services at email@example.com if a research license agreement is needed, or for assistance on different licenses and their allowed uses.