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Copyright FAQ

Faculty and Staff Questions 

Can I...?

 Required Textbook

Supplementary Textbook

Licensed Work Non-Licensed Work Website
Project a copy from a Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Project an image or figure from a Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Project a video from a

N/A

N/A Yes

Maybe

Check with Copyright Officer

Yes
Can I...?

 Required Textbook

Supplementary Textbook

Licensed Work Non-Licensed Work Website
Project images from a Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Post scanned materials from a Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hand out photocopied material from a

Yes

Yes Yes Yes

 

Yes
Can I post a...?

 Required Textbook

Supplementary Textbook

Licensed Work Non-Licensed Work Website

Persistent link
from a

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PDF from a

Maybe

Check agreement with textbook company

Maybe

Check license

Maybe

Check license

No

Supply link if possible or get permission

Maybe

Supply link (preferable) or check terms of use

Figure or chart
from a

Yes

Fair dealing analysis

Yes

Fair dealing analysis

Yes

Fair dealing analysis

Yes

Fair dealing analysis

Yes

Fair dealing analysis

Can I include...?

 Required Textbook

Supplementary Textbook

Licensed Work Non-Licensed Work Website

A figure or chart from a

Yes

Fair dealing analysis

Yes

Fair dealing analysis

Yes

Fair dealing analysis

Yes

Fair dealing analysis

Yes

Fair dealing analysis

PDFs from a N/A

N/A

Maybe

Check license

No

Usually permission is required unless in public domain or Open Access

Maybe

Supply link (preferable) or check terms of use

  • Don't post copyrighted material to the open Internet
  • Link to existing online material when possible, with the material opening in a new window
  • Don't (re)digitize material
  • Reproduce the minimum amount of copyrighted work needed. Don't use more than one article from a single issue of a publication or more than one chapter of a book
  • Even if it's out of print, don't use an entire copyrighted book without seeking permission

Student Questions

Under special circumstances, students can copy portions of a copyrighted work, where the original source must be credited. This is allowed through an exception in the Copyright Act, called Fair Dealing, which allows you to make a copy for the purpose of:

  • research
  • criticism
  • review
  • education
  • news reporting
  • parody or satire

Specific rules under Fair Dealing guide you through what and how much of a copyrighted work you can copy. Please review these rules before making a copy.

View the Quick Reference Guide to Copyright to help you determine what and how much you're allowed to copy.

Based on Fair Dealing guidelines for educational use, students may copy an entire book chapter or several pages/chapters as long as the total copied is 10% or less of the whole book. Cumulative copying – copying an entire book in 10% intervals – is not allowed.