Copyright for Summer & Fall 2020 Courses

Here is a source of help if you need to assess the copyright or permission status of readings and other course materials you will make available to your students. These sources may be particularly useful if the University's transition to online course delivery is extended beyond Summer Session I.

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. In some cases, the Library may be able to acquire e-book excerpts you need via Interlibrary Loan for placement on E-Reserves, or you may send scans you have made to the copyright office for formatting. (Print Reserve will be unavailable during the campus/Library closure).
  • 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. For items in Library subscription databases, instead of posting PDFs, it’s preferable to use persistent links, as this permits more accurate tracking of usage data, which are used to inform Library collection management decisions.
  • 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?”

E-mail the University Copyright Advisor office at for assistance 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 me 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, format PDF scans of your selected book chapters for placement on Moodle or E-Reserve; 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.

Rumi Graham
University Copyright Advisor


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