Legitimacy (Legality)

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.

32. Can I play videos/movies/films in class?

You may play videos/films/movies in class in the following circumstances:

29. Is there any difference between posting something on my own website versus posting something on Waterloo's learning management systems (LEARN)?

Yes. Posting something on your own website means you are making the work available world-wide. Wide distribution tends towards the conclusion that the dealing is not “fair” and such uses may not be covered by any University licences. By contrast, Waterloo's learning management systems (LEARN) is a password protected, secure website accessible only by students enrolled in university courses. In some cases, posting material on LEARN will be covered by one of the University’s electronic subscriptions.

28. Can I make copies of copyright-protected works to hand out to students in class? Can I include copies of another person’s images and materials in my PowerPoint presentations?

Yes. Under fair dealing you may make copies of another person’s works and hand them out to students enrolled in your course. Under fair dealing you may also include another person’s work, including images, in your PowerPoint presentations that you display to students enrolled in your course. In both cases, you must adhere to the amount that may be copied under fair dealing. Please see the Fair Dealing Advisory for the copying limits.

24. How can I tell if the materials I find online are legal copies?

Figuring out if the content you want to use was legally posted online can be difficult. That said, there are a few things to keep in mind when assessing content that will help you make a more informed decision. If you are having difficulty figuring out if the content you want to use is a legal copy, please contact copyright@uwaterloo.ca.

10. What are the copyright implications for using Perusall?

The considerations for using materials on Perusall are similar to the considerations for using material on LEARN. You can share material on Perusall if one of the following situations applies:

07. Can I embed or link to free online video services (ex. YouTube, Vimeo) content in LEARN?

Videos from a free online service should only be used if you have a reasonable belief that they were uploaded legally. A good way to check this is to look at what account posted the video. For example, if the official account for BBC News or the producer of a documentary uploaded content, the content is more likely to be a legal copy. If an individual account uploads a copy of a full-length feature film, it is likely not a legal copy.