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Copyright @ NSCC

Copyright information for NSCC faculty, staff and students.


Copyright & D2L

Copyright rights and responsibilities apply to your use of D2L. You have the same education users’ rights teaching in D2L that you have in the physical classroom; and the same responsibilities to use content in a manner that meets the conditions set in NSCC Policies and the Copyright Act.

Full copyright protection is the default license attached to works. While facts are not protected by copyright, the expression or representation of facts can be. So be careful, copyright applies to all content you find on the internet (including photographs and visuals) as well as more traditional print and audio-visual sources.

Making a Digital Copy

You can make a digital copy of a print resource to load into D2L when:

  • Your copying is within fair dealing. OR
  • You have permission from the copyright owner.


Sharing links to content on the web (as an alternative to copying) is a recommended practice as long as the content on the website does not infringe copyright. Was the content:

  • Posted by the copyright owner or;
  • With the permission of the copyright owner.

Loading Recorded Lessons

Educational institutions can transmit lessons to students in real time over the Internet or make a recording of a lesson and post it on-line. However, there is a requirement to remove access to the recorded lessons within 30 days of students enrolled in the course receiving their final evaluations.

When the course is finished, instructors should remove their lessons and content from D2L, and save the files in a private location.  When the course is offered again, create a new class in D2L and load the saved content. You may reuse the saved versions of  lessons from previous courses.

Digital Locks

A digital lock is a technological protection measure (a password, or encryption) that restricts access to the content with the objective of protecting the content from copying.

The Copyright Act prohibits breaking a digital lock. Always! The presence of a digital lock trumps all other rights.


Many instructors have DVDs that they show in their physical classrooms and want to continue to use the resource in their D2L courses. Most DVDs are protected by digital locks. This means DVDs cannot be copied or converted to a format compatible with D2L.

Audio Visual Options

Use streaming video. Streaming video can be linked to or embedded into your D2L class.

  • Streaming video databases -- licensed access through NSCC Library Services
    • 4 databases to choose content from.
    • You do not need to evaluate whether you can use the content. Your use is covered by a license.
  • Streaming video on the web -- Lots of great options.
    • When using an open platform like YouTube make sure the video it is not an infringing copy.
    • How do you do that?
      A simple test is to look at who posted it. Was it posted by or with permission from the copyright owner?
    • Need help in figuring out who posted the content? Contact the Copyright office or your Campus Library for support.

D2L Copyright Folder

Track your use of copyright-protected of content in this folder.
Don't have a copyright folder?  Watch the short (under 2 minutes) video titled Add a Copyright Folder to Manage Files to learn how to create your copyright folder.

  • Add any permissions or license agreements connected to your uploading of copyright-protected content to your D2L course.
  • You may find the D2L & Copyright - Resources Used Tracking Form helpful in tracking your uploading of copyright-protected content. Upload the completed form to your D2L copyright folder. Revise the file as you add new copyright-protected content.

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