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Copyright @ McMaster: 2018 Update Read Update

Copyright in Canada is going through some changes which will influence how we use copyrighted materials in our teaching, learning and research
activities here at McMaster.

In order to support our Fair Dealing Policy we have enhanced the McMaster landscape to ensure compliance, as well as to support the rights of ownership, authorship and scholarship in the contextof copyright.

Copyright Checklist for Instructors Learn More

List of things related to copyright of specific interest to instructors:

  • applying Fair Dealing Policy
  • citations
  • distributing materials through Avenue 2 Learn or coursepack
  • use of e-resources in McMaster libraries
  • obtaining permission from publisher / copyright holder
  • using your own work
  • textbooks and copyright
  • free resources
  • online content, including images, text, video, audio

Copyright Flowchart for Instructors Learn More

Flowchart to help instructors decide what kind of copyright application is required.


CAUT Guidelines for the Use of Copyrighted Material Read Guidelines

Copyright protects the users, creators and owners of expressive works such as
paintings, literature, video and music. It does this by setting the rules governing the reproduction of such works. One of these rules is that in certain circumstances it is lawful to reproduce works (or parts of works) without permission or payment.

The purpose of this particular rule is to encourage learning and creativity by ensuring that works can be examined, exchanged, discussed and built upon.
The legal foundation to reproduce works without permission or payment consists of:

  • A series of miscellaneous rights and freedoms allowing copying (Part II)
  • Fair dealing (Part III)
  • The rights of the perceptually disabled (Part IV)
  • Specific Copyright Act exceptions (Part V)

Access Copyright and Fair Dealing Guidelines in Higher Educational Institutions in Canada: A Survey Access complete article here


Information about the acceptance by Canadian Higher Education Institutions (HEI) of the Access Copyright (AC) tariff is important for educators even though only a minority of HEIs in Canada have committed to the AC tariff. In addition, the copyright “pentalogy,” the five major decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC), and its interpretation of fair dealing has become relevant for the institutions, faculty and students. Many universities and community colleges in Canada have adopted the Universities Canada (UC) guidelines on fair dealing, while some have adopted the “six-point test” as their guideline. In some cases, institutions have not adopted any policy or guidelines on any aspect of copyright. This paper will investigate these issues to provide one view of the behaviour Canadian HEIs exhibit in their adherence to AC and their use of policy and guidelines at their institutions.