Our Platforms. Hamilton Rising has digital media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our Websites and Mobile Apps, operating as Hamilton Rising, Burlington Rising and Toronto Rising.

Fair Dealing. Hamilton Rising follows the Fair Dealing provisions of the Canadian Copyright Act for the content we post, share and create on these platforms. Fair Dealing allows the use of copyrighted material without asking permission under specific guidelines.

The first Fair Dealing guideline is The Purpose of the Dealing.

Hamilton Rising’s Fair Dealing Purpose is educating and news reporting to the public about local events, businesses, organizations and people. Our reporting formats include an event list, written stories, and 60-second videos. We produce the event list, the stories, and 60-second videos in-house. We also share others local Facebook posts that are of general interest.

Fairness is the second guideline for Fair Dealing. Fairness standards exclude profiting, using large amounts of a copyrighted work, being harmful to copyrighted work, competing with copyrighted work.

Hamilton Rising Fair Dealing Fairness Policy. Hamilton Rising is not profiting from these platforms. There is no charge for sharing and posting on our platforms. Our 60 videos include snippets from several sources. Our goal is to be a positive voice in our community and shine a spotlight on great local events, work and people. Our goal is to spread good news, build community and enhance local pride.

Additional Hamilton Rising Fair Dealing Policy.

Digital Locks. We do not circumvent digital locks such as encryption and embedding.

Attribution. We do cite originators/authors names or sources.

MashUp Exception. Our 60-second videos are our original creations combining small pieces of others’ original work with online general content and our own footage to tell the story. Our videos fall under the Mash-up exception in Fair Dealing laws. The exception allows the small-scale use of bits and pieces of others online posts to create and post a totally new work (without asking permission.) Refer to Canadian Copyright Act 2012, S.29.21, the “User Generated Content Exception” also known as the “YouTube Exception” and the “Mash-Up Exception”.

Complaints. We have had very few complaints, but if we do get one, we take it seriously and remove or correct content as appropriate.