Administrative copying refers to reproducing copyright-protected works for one of two purposes:

  1. The development of a course of study, unit or program offered by the university.
  2. The governance or administration of the university or of a faculty or department of the university.

Administrative copying may fall within the Fair Dealing Exception in the Canadian Copyright Act, if the purpose of the copying is research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, satire or parody. The most relevant purposes for administrative copying within a university are likely education and research.

Under the University of Saskatchewan Fair Dealing Guidelines, a short excerpt of a copyright-protected work may be copied and communicated if the purpose of the copying is directly tied to the education of students. An example of Administrative Copying that would fall within the Fair Dealing Guidelines is the making of a copy of a short excerpt of a copyright-protected work and emailing copies to members of a faculty or department committee for use in developing a course of study, unit or program to be offered by the university.

An example of Administrative Copying that would not fall within the Fair Dealing Guidelines is the making of a copy of a copyright-protected work for the purpose of training administrative staff. Administrative copying that is made for the governance or administration of the university or a faculty or department of the university does not fall within the Fair Dealing Guidelines. For such administrative copying, permission should be acquired from the copyright owner.

For additional information, please review our document Application of the Fair Dealing Guidelines to Administrative Copying or contact the Copyright Coordinator

Getting Help

If you have any questions or concerns about copyright, please let us know!

Kate Langrell
Copyright Coordinator
122.13 Murray Library

Note: The information obtained from or through this site does not constitute legal advice, but is provided as guidelines for using works for educational purposes.

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