I'm not sure if I need copyright clearance, what should I do?

It is the instructor’s responsibility to ensure that the use of all course resources/material is compliant with Canadian copyright laws. Please review Sections 2.2.4 and 2.2.5 in the Instructor Handbook for information on the School’s Copyright policies and compliance.

Please refer to these key points as you prepare course materials.

  • As a guideline, less than 10% of a work may be freely copied. A “work” is a book, journal or magazine. Some restrictions and allowances to this rule apply.
    • If the quoted portion is more than 10% but not deemed “substantial” then quoting of a longer portion of the material may be permitted.
  • If you have used lengthy quotations that were allowed under the former licence and you have concerns about the new arrangements, check with your program director.
  • Materials published under open access or creative commons licenses, or materials that exist in the public domain, may be used freely, but we advise you to carefully research what copyrights may apply to the mate Many journals and books are freely and publicly available on Google Scholar and Google Books. Alternatively, you may encourage learners to search the extensive resources on the U of T library system.
  • Copied work of any length must be properly cited.
  • Copied material must be posted on Blackboard, not attached to an email.
  • All works, including images, created over 50 years ago can be freely copied.
  • If you wish to distribute excerpts, scans or photocopies of copyrighted material to your learners, please contact your administrator to inquire about printing services which have copyright licenses with Access Copyright or other copyright clearance services.

 The University of Toronto Libraries’ website contains a number of documents to help instructors and faculty understand their obligations under copyright law. You will find the website at guides.library.utoronto.ca/content. php?pid=217605&sid=3593515.

If you remain unsure if your material requires copyright clearance, we can obtain clearance on your behalf. Complete the Copyright Permission Request form  for each piece that requires clearance, and submit online.  We will make the appropriate arrangements.   It is important to note that if the clearance is expensive or cannot be secured in time for the first class, you may have to explore alternative material and consult with your Program Director.



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