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This guide provides information to Capilano University employees and students regarding copyright, licence agreements, and related topics. This guide does not provide legal advice.

Copyright guidance for transitioning your course online

The tab Online transition shows some guidelines for transitioning your in-person course to online.


The copying and use of all materials at Capilano University is governed by the Canadian Copyright Act, guided by the University's Copyright Policy (B.601) and - in the case of subscribed electronic resources - regulated by individual licences.

This guide is primarily for instructors to facilitate the appropriate copying, distributing, and sharing of materials in an educational setting and covers:

  • The current state of copyright & fair dealing;
  • eResource (databases, electronic journals, articles, and books) Licensing requirements;
  • How to use copyright protected and licensed materials in your physical and digital classroom;
  • How to place copies on reserve in the library; and
  • Where you can go to learn more.

Copyright at CapU

A Copyright Policy, combined with copyright compliance processes and procedures, is used when making and distributing copies of materials.

The introduction of the Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11), the majority of which came in to force on Nov. 7, 2012, and Supreme Court of Canada decisions support broader educational uses of copyrighted material. These factors, in addition to Capilano's extensive collection of licensed resources, provide faculty and students with the ability to access a wide range of materials for teaching and learning.

In accordance with Fair Dealing guidelines, brief excerpts of copyrighted material may be used without further permission. Examples of brief excerpts could be one chapter from a book, one periodical article, or one item from an anthology.

Beyond the restrictions outlined in the Fair Dealing section of this guide, faculty and staff must contact the Copyright Officer so that it can be determined whether or not the dealing is fair. If it is not, the Library will request a transactional licence from the publisher or copyright owner.

As part of Capilano's compliance mechanism, the University's Copyright Officer may, from time to time, conduct surveys of anonymized data in eLearn and of course packs to ensure that all copying conforms to the guidelines.



Creative Commons License
Capilano University Library Copyright Guide by Capilano University Library is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported Licence.

This guide was developed, in part, from material and assistance from: