Keynotes

WANDA NOEL

Wanda is a lawyer in private practice, specializing in copyright law. Her clients are predominantly users of copyright material such as libraries, archives and educational institutions. Her clients include the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, Colleges and Institutes Canada, and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries.

In recent years Wanda has been legal counsel representing users of copyright-protected works in several high profile copyright cases. These cases have resulted in a user friendly interpretation of fair dealing, in the classroom and in provincial and territorial government offices. In 2012, Wanda successfully argued the Alberta case before the Supreme Court of Canada. This landmark decision of the highest court in the land established that teachers can copy a short excerpt from copyright-protected works for each student in a class.

In 2015 she won a second user friendly interpretation of fair dealing at the Copyright Board. This decision applied fair dealing to find that very little copying in provincial and territorial government offices requires permission or the payment copyright royalties. Another decision of the Copyright Board is imminent. This case will decide whether the education sectors’ interpretation of fair dealing, that is based on the Supreme Court’s 2012 decision, correctly describes the scope of copying permitted under fair dealing for educational purposes.