Copyright for Students at the University of Guelph Library
This short video will let you know what copyright is and what you need to know about it.
This short video will let you know what copyright is and what you need to know about it. You may have seen information about copyright:
- Inside book covers
- On websites
As a student at UG, you may also have noticed copyright information:
- On course reserve readings in Ares or CourseLink
- On documents sent from other libraries via RACER
- On posters next to University photocopiers, scanners and printers
But how does copyright affect you?
Copyright affects students in a variety of ways. Copyright affects what you can copy and use while studying, participating in classes, doing research, writing papers, giving presentations and more. Almost everything is protected by copyright, for example: books, journals, videos, music, works of art, websites, maps, photographs and more. Works don’t need to have a copyright symbol in order to be protected. Copying or communicating an entire work, or a substantial part of a work, could be a violation of copyright if you don’t have the permission of the copyright owner.
Canada's Copyright Act
Good news! Canada’s Copyright Act contains exceptions which allow you to make copies in some cases without needing to obtain the author or creator’s permission. Keep in mind though, there are limits! If you’re only copying a short excerpt, and your copying is for something like your own studying, research or education, the copying is probably allowed because of something called fair dealing which is a part of the Copyright Act. So, how much is a short excerpt? A good rule of thumb is one chapter, one article from a journal issue, or an excerpt that is no more than 10% of the work being copied. Be sure to always mention the source, including the name of the author or creator of the work, when you are reproducing a copyrighted work.
Copyright can be complex, so get help if you’re not sure. Need help with copyright? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Library’s Copyright website: www.lib.uoguelph.ca, click About, click Policies, click Copyright.
Get help via chat or email via the Library website, phone us at 519-824-4120 ext 53617 or visit the AskUs Desk
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