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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.

In this guide

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

What is copyright?

Copyright, in its simplest form, is the right to copy. It is a set of exclusive rights granted by law to the author or creator of an original work, including the right to copy, distribute, and adapt the work. These rights give copyright holders control over the use of their work.

Copyright covers literary, dramatic, artistic, and musical works, sound recordings, performances, and communication signals. This includes works on the Internet.

In Canada, we follow Canadian legislation, even though we may be using materials produced outside of Canada. Copyright owners enforce their rights in the countries where the alleged violation of copyright takes place.

Copyright laws try to balance the rights of creators to be paid for, and to control the use of, their works, with the needs of users who want access to material protected by copyright.




Creative Commons License

Capilano University Library Copyright Guide by Capilano University Library is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence