Copyright on Campus

This notice is from the archives of The Notice Board. Information contained in this notice was accurate at the time of publication but may no longer be so.

Just a reminder as we start a new school year that if you need to copy, distribute, or perform someone else’s work for teaching, research, or other university-related activities, it’s important to consider whether the work is protected by copyright.  If it is, you’ll also need to determine whether permission is required for your desired use.  

For help in assessing the copyright or permission status of a work you’d like to copy, distribute, or perform, feel free to contact the University Copyright Advisor office or consult the University’s Copyright website.  Here are some Copyright website tools and resources you may find helpful:

  • Copyright Permissions Flow Chart:  This chart helps you determine when permission is needed and where you may seek it when necessary.
  • Guidelines for Copying under Fair Dealing:  This poster is displayed by University of Lethbridge photocopiers and scanners.  It summarizes what fair dealing is (a statutory users’ right in the Canadian Copyright Act), and the kinds of copying that may be permissible without copyright owner permission.  For more information, see the FAQ on fair dealing.
  • Posting copyrighted readings in Moodle:  This FAQ gives you the basics on your options for distributing copyrighted course materials in Moodle.  If you have specific questions, please contact the University Copyright Advisor office.
  • Distributing course readings via E-Reserve:  Find out how E-Reserve works here.  Use the online form or downloadable fillable form to request E-Reserve processing for articles and chapters you have printed or scanned.  Or, identify materials in the Library’s print collections you would like the Library to copy and place on E-Reserve for your course.  If some of your students are still best-served by photocopies placed on Print Reserve, that service remains available.
  • Determining permitted uses of Library e-journal articles:  This FAQ explains how the Library’s Copyright Permissions Look-up tool can help you determine whether you can download a PDF article from a subscribed Library database, for example. 
  • Determining permitted uses of Library e-book chapters:  This FAQ tells you how to find out how many users may access an e-book (or individual chapters in an e-book) simultaneously.
  • Using Harvard Business Review (HBR) articles:   This FAQ outlines options for using “top 500” online HBR articles as assigned readings in your courses. 

All university faculty, staff, and students with copyright questions are invited to contact the University Copyright Advisor office (403-332-4472 or for assistance.  We will also be pleased to book an appointment to discuss your needs in detail or arrange for a copyright presentation or workshop to assist any group or department wishing to explore specific copyright challenges in-depth.


Rumi Graham | | (403) 332-4472 |