47. Am I permitted to make photocopies of copyright-protected materials at a W Print outlet?

It depends on how much you want to copy. The W Print staff can help you determine if the copyright-protected materials you wish to photocopy require permission from the rightsholder. If you have any questions before visiting a W Print outlet, please call extension 33996 or send an email to

45. If I have permission to put something on one of Waterloo's learning management systems (such as LEARN), does this mean I may also include it in my courseware?

If the copy posted to a learning management system is covered by fair dealing, it is likely that the copy can be included in courseware without permission as well. If, however, the copy posted to a learning management system is permitted under a licence agreement between Waterloo and the publisher, it is necessary to consult the licence agreement to determine whether a copy may also be included in courseware.

38. Is Course Reserves permitted to scan articles or chapters and put them on electronic reserve for students in my course?

Yes. In many cases, works may be scanned and posted under fair dealing or licence terms without the need to obtain permission. When permission is required, this process can take several weeks. When there is a fee for permission, the Library will usually be able to absorb the cost as long as it is reasonable. 

16. Are there special rules for scanning copyrighted materials?

If you want to scan something, you may do so only if the use falls within one of the exceptions in the Copyright Act (such as fair dealing) or when no permission is required (such as scanning a work that is in the public domain).

24. What are the copyright implications for sharing material on Perusall?

The considerations for sharing materials on Perusall are similar to the considerations for sharing material on a learning management system such as LEARN. You may share copyright-protected material on Perusall if one of the following situations applies:

19. May I scan a print journal article or a book chapter into a PDF and post the file on a learning management system such as LEARN?

As long as you adhere to the amounts that may be copied under fair dealing you may scan and post it on a learning management system such as LEARN. See the Fair Dealing Advisory for copying limits. It’s important to note that fair dealing does not allow you to scan material and add it to a website unless that website is password-protected and restricted to students enrolled in your course.