Office of the Vice-President Academic & Provost
To: University of Waterloo Community & Daily Bulletin
From: Geoff McBoyle, Vice-President, Academic & Provost
Re: Guidelines for the new copyright environment
Date: July 28, 2011
As indicated in my memo of July 14, effective August 31, 2011 the University of Waterloo and the federated university and affiliated colleges will no longer have an agreement with Access Copyright. As a result, we are transitioning into a new copyright environment.
It is very important that faculty, staff and students abide by the provisions of the Copyright Act when making copies. A breach can have serious financial consequences for the university. In the event that the university is found liable for a breach, the university has the right to claim contribution and indemnification from the wrongdoer.
Course pack production is an area which will be significantly affected after August 31. It is important that faculty and instructors contact the Bookstore immediately about course packs required for the fall term.
Support and advice
We are committed to providing support and advice to assist faculty, staff and students as we move forward. The updated copyright web site provides quick access to helpful information. Copyright at the University of Waterloo: A Guide for Those Teaching Courses gives a brief overview of the rules related to copying for instructional purposes. The Waterloo copyright FAQ provides guidance and detailed answers to specific questions you may have. Both include a list of copyright contacts at UW - individuals with copyright expertise who are available to answer your questions.
In addition, the Fair Dealing Advisory recommended by the legal counsel of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) may help you determine what may be legally copied. The guidelines reflect recent legal rulings on copyright issues in the educational sector, including the ruling that making copies for the purpose of instruction cannot be considered fair dealing.
Should you have any questions please contact the appropriate individual listed as a copyright contact.