Copyright Q + A
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:
- For teaching staff who use course packs, the U of M BookStore is the resource for production and copyright expertise.
- For content delivered through UM Learn, the Copyright Office and U of M Libraries have created Copyright Solutions, a new service dedicated to assisting faculty and instructors in the distribution of copyright compliant course materials. Contact copyright coordinator, Tobe Duggan (tobe [dot] duggan [at] umanitoba [dot] ca) or teaching support librarian Sarah Clark (sarah [dot] clark [at] umanitoba [dot] ca) for one-on-one, in person, online, or over-the-phone consultation.
- You can also consult these handy checklists:
- For other supports, including informational slides, visit the Copyright Office website and the U of M’s Fair Dealing Guidelines.
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