In case you missed this notice circulated at the start of the summer, here are sources of copyright help to keep in mind if you need to reproduce or distribute copyrighted works for student use in your upcoming courses.
U of L Copyright website resources:
- Copyright Permissions Flow Chart: Outlines when permission is and is not needed.
- Guidelines for Copying under Fair Dealing: Summarizes what fair dealing is under the Canadian Copyright Act and kinds of copying that may be permissible without permission or fee payment. See also the FAQ on fair dealing.
- Readings in Moodle: An overview of your options for distributing copyrighted materials in Moodle. See also the page on reusing content from a prior semester.
- Readings on E-Reserve: Find out how to put readings and other items on E-Reserve as an alternative to Moodle. Ask the Library to scan readings you need or send your selected links or PDFs to the Library. (Print Reserve remains an available option.)
- Articles in Library e-journals: Use the Copyright Permissions Look-up tool to determine, for example, whether you can download an article from a particular journal into Moodle, or share it with a colleague outside of the U of L.
- Chapters in Library e-books: Find out how many users may access an e-book (or an e-book chapter) concurrently.
- Harvard Business Review (HBR) articles: An FAQ on options for using “top 500” online HBR articles as assigned readings in your courses.
- Copyright Q & As: A series of interactive copyright tutorials, beginning with foundational issues such as “What kind of right is copyright?”
The University Copyright Advisor office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-332-4472) is happy to assist you with permissions clearance for your course materials. If you would like some help, feel free to:
- e-mail us your course readings list or syllabus,
- e-mail us individual readings as you assign them throughout the semester, or
- provide us with temporary course access to enable a permissions assessment of copyrighted content in your Moodle course.
For each item or reading we will:
- assess whether permission is needed;
- determine whether needed permission is covered by an applicable license agreement or statutory user’s right;
- cover the cost of pay-per-use licensing through the Library’s dedicated course materials licensing fund, when needed;
- on request, arrange for Library student assistants to scan and format PDFs of your selected book chapters and
- provide you with a persistent link you can post in Moodle or distribute to students to ensure they can access the item both on and off campus.
If you ask us to assess your course readings list or content posted in Moodle, on completion we will provide you with a permissions summary for all items assessed. We are also happy to help you explore potential alternatives to expensive course textbooks for future courses.
Please contact the Copyright Advisor office if you wish to book an appointment to discuss your needs in detail. We also welcome requests for copyright presentations if your class will be working on projects or assignments that require basic knowledge of copyright and permission issues or how to find and use copyright-compliant content.
University Copyright Advisor