When using a copyrighted work, it is important to assess each work and your activity independently to ensure that you are using the work legally.
A portion of copyright protected works may be used if your use falls within the Fair Dealing exception or is covered under an existing College licence.
Copies of short excerpts from literary works may be made on behalf of students for the purposes of education. A short excerpt may be used for:
* Please review Fair Dealing page for additional guidelines
Under Access Copyright's licence, Algonquin College faculty, staff and students may reproduce portions of literary works found within their repertoire. This licence allows for additional copying outside the limitations of fair dealing, including:
Copying up to 20% (or 1 chapter if <25%) of a literary work when:
Creating course packs (20% max)
Review Access Copyrights licence details or Search Access Copyrights repertoire
Licence agreements are generally more restrictive than copyright law. Our licence agreements for digital resources generally allows:
Review the licence information on College Library Electronic Access Rights for further details.
Images may be used from collections of similar works, from licenced sources or if published online by the content creator. Whenever using images, be certain to cite and use the image within the specific guidelines.
Fair dealing allows for the copying of an entire artistic work if it is contained within a collection of other similar artistic works. Under the Fair Dealing exception, artistic works may be used for:
Material sourced from publicly available websites may be used for educational purposes providing that they are:
The Algonquin College Library provides access to databases that may provide images for educational use. Use of these materials are limited to specific databases licence agreements. Please review your usage with the databases licence prior to use. Review the licence information on College Library Electronic Access Rights for further details.
Sound recordings may be played on campus to students or employees of Algonquin College providing it is for:
Sound recordings may be used online if:
Copyright protected video may be played on campus for educational purposes. Restrictions and guidelines vary. Be sure to review any licence agreements and any statements of use on the source and its provider prior to playing the video.
Documentaries and documentary programs (The nature of things, 20/20, W5 etc.) may be recorded at the time of their broadcast and evaluated for up to 30 days. Royalties must be paid if the material is shown in-class, or if the material has not been erased within 30 days.
Library subscriptions have been copyright cleared for in-class viewing. Links to videos or clips may be posted in Brightspace. Search the library's collection of streaming videos.
Publicly posted material may be played in-class providing it is from a non-infringing source, and the video or site licensing does not prohibit educational viewing. Reasonable steps should be taken to ensure the copy is uploaded legitimately and that there is no infringing content.
Streaming services that are subscription based such as Netflix or iTunes may not be played in-class. A transactional licence would need to be purchased from the publisher/distributor.
Copyrighted works such a musical score or a play may be performed on campus for:
Public performances, or performances off campus may only be done using public domain or open licensed works.
Non-commercial user generated content (mashups), may be created by combining multiple copyrighted and/or original works. Mashups may be posted to Brightspace or to a public website. To qualify under the Mashup exception:
Documents and/or recordings of lessons, tests or examinations containing copyrighted material may be communicated to students or those acting under the authority of Algonquin College providing: