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49. Is there anyone available to help me obtain copyright permission? 

The W Store obtains copyright permissions for printed courseware; the Library obtains permissions for Course Reserves material; and the Centre for Extended Learning obtains permission for fully online courses. For other uses, you may obtain permission yourself by emailing or writing a letter to the copyright owner.

34. Are there any databases of copyright materials that I can use for free without worrying about copyright?

Yes. There's a wealth of material out there which is either in the public domain or available under what is known as Creative Commons licensing, which generally means the work is available for free, subject to certain limited conditions, such as non-commercial use only and acknowledgment of the author.

26. Do I have to cite my sources? What does the citation have to include?

Regardless of whether material is still protected by copyright or whether a license/terms of use/Copyright Act exception requires attribution, university policy requires you to cite your sources.

21. What are moral rights and what do they have to do with copyright?

Moral rights are additional rights held by authors of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. They consist of rights that protect the integrity of a work and the reputation of its author. The right of attribution is the right to always be identified as the author of a work or to remain anonymous (for more information on attribution, see FAQ 1.17).

19. I’m from the States. How is copyright different here?

In general, the copyright laws in the U.S. and Canada are different. For example, the U.S. has a provision known as "fair use" which is different from the Canadian equivalent ("fair dealing").

See last paragraph in question 14.

18. How does copyright work internationally?

Copyright is recognized internationally thanks to international conventions. So, generally, your copyright will be protected in other countries. But it is protected under that country’s laws so there may be some differences from the level of protection you would get in Canada. If you’re concerned about someone’s use of your work overseas, you will need to check the particular jurisdiction’s copyright laws to confirm whether they are infringing your copyright.

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