Quick Copyright Tips for Digital Delivery
Key points to remember:
- Most of the legal issues are the same whether the teaching is done in person or online.
- If it was okay to do in class, it is often okay to do online – especially when your online access is limited to the same enrolled students.
- You can continue to apply the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Fair Dealing Guidelines.
- Use your university password-protected learning management system (LMS), such as BlackBoard or One45, to make material available to your students. Use lecture capture software (e.g., Panopto) to deliver lectures with copyrighted content.
- Course readings rules for print and online posting to a LMS are similar. Either use the USask Fair Dealing Guidelines, link to electronic resources within the University Library catalogue, or link out to legally-posted Internet content.
- Your Subject/Liaison Librarian may be able to help you find alternative content, and the University Library has a large collection of online journals and e-books that can help support online learning. In fact, many content providers have recently increased access to a variety of materials to ensure broader access by campuses. Your librarian can also help you find openly licensed teaching materials like Open Educational Resources (OER).
- Use phone apps like Genius Scan or Adobe Scan to easily scan to post print materials to your LMS within the limits allowed by the USask Fair Dealing Guidelines. Make scanned PDF files more accessible for your students by using an optical character recognition (OCR) online tool to convert "non-selectable" text files into more accessible versions.
- Sharing audiovisual material like films and audio files is more complex. However, you can still link to legally posted online content (from YouTube etc.) and the University Library subscribes to film and video databases that you may link to. Standard commercial streaming options like Netflix, Crave or Disney Plus that students may also subscribe to can be an option – though some students may not have access to those services.
- Using copyrighted material in exams can be easy, as you can use the USask Fair Dealing Guidelines. If you need to use material beyond this, copyright exception 30.01 can also apply. Contact Kate Langrell, Copyright Coordinator, if you need help to implement this copyright exception as there are rules that need to be followed to use it.
- The Copyright Office can help you check readings, create links to ebooks and journal articles, and more.
This resource has been adapted for Canadian universities by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries from material prepared by the Copyright Office, University of Minnesota document Copyright Services, Rapidly shifting your course from in-person to online. Unless otherwise noted, all content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License. We would like to acknowledge some contribution of adaptation language from University of Toronto Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office and Ryerson University Library. Additional modifications to this version were by made the University of Saskatchewan Copyright Office.
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