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Changes to the Copyright Act (Canada) and decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada, in particular Alberta (Education) v. Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright), 2012 Supreme Court of Canada 37, have expanded the scope of the fair dealing exception under the Act.

The university’s Fair Dealing Advisory (the "Advisory") outlines the guidelines for making copies under the fair dealing exception of the Act, including how much of a given work may be copied, how it may be distributed and for what purposes. Please review the Advisory carefully so that you understand what you may copy under fair dealing.

The copyright FAQ, guide for instructors, and fair dealing flowchart provide further details about various aspects of copyright. The Check Before You Copy poster is available for download.

We are committed to providing copyright related support and advice to assist faculty, staff and students. If you have questions please contact copyright@uwaterloo.ca.

  1. Dec. 21, 2020Copyright implications for teaching with audio-visual materials online

    As teaching has shifted online, we’ve been paying close attention to how to provide copyright compliant access to course materials in remote teaching environments. At the end of the Winter 2020 term the Copyright for teaching online guide was created. At that time, we lacked clarity on how the Copyright Act could support instructors to make use of audio-visual (AV) materials in online classrooms.

  2. Dec. 14, 2020Copyright notice: A new reminder in LEARN

    As we all prepare for Winter term 2021, this message focuses on copyright management for content uploaded to the LEARN learning management system by faculty and instructors.  The Provost, in his message of July 27, 2020, highlighted the University’s ongoing efforts to make available copyright resources and supports for students, faculty, and staff.  Beginning in December, new messaging and a pop-up notice regarding copyright will appear in LEARN.  This pop-up informs you of t

  3. July 27, 2020Update on copyright and fair dealing at the Federal Court of Appeal

    Office of the Vice-President Academic & Provost

    To: University of Waterloo Community

    From: James W.E. Rush, Vice-President Academic & Provost

    Subject: Update on Copyright and Fair Dealing at the Federal Court of Appeal

    Date: July 27, 2020 

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  1. Oct. 6, 2021Webinar: Copyright and Your Thesis

    In this session, participants will be introduced to copyright concepts as they apply to the writing and publication of their thesis on UWSpace. This session will cover:

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