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Copyright Q + A

January 12, 2016 — 

As of January 2016, the U of M no longer has a license with Access Copyright, a licensing collective that represents Canadian publishers and authors.

It’s a big change at the U of M, and for U of M faculty and instructors, this means increased diligence in ensuring that the materials provided to students are copyright compliant. Some dropped in at the Copyright Q + A this week at Dafoe Library. Here are a few of the questions that came up.


Q. Can I still use copyrighted materials in my courses?

A. Yes. However, teaching staff must comply with the U of M’s Fair Dealing Guidelines to determine how much of given copyrighted material can legally be used.

Faculty and instructors can also make use of the growing number of library-licensed electronic resources, freely-available material and course packs.


Q. Do the new guidelines change how I upload and use course materials on UM Learn?

A. If you added Access Copyright permission statements to course content, the permission statements must be removed. All content must comply with U of M’s Fair Dealing Guidelines.


Q. How are course packs affected?

A. While BookStore staff will have extra copyright clearances to process which may result in slightly higher course pack prices, faculty and instructors will not notice a difference in course packs.


Q. What supports are available for faculty and instructors?

A. There are a variety of supports available:



Additional Q & A drop-in sessions will be offered to answer copyright questions:

  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 12 to 1 p.m. at Sciences and Technology Library
  • Thursday, February 11, 2016, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library


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