Model academic integrity for students. Give credit and cite the original source on all handouts.
You may provide handouts of a short excerpt from a copyright protected work to:
The amount of content copied must be fair.
NSCC faculty, staff and students should follow the NSCC Fair Dealing Guidelines on copying or communicating copyrighted works.
Need to copy more than NSCC Fair Dealing Guidelines recommend?
Please consult with your Campus Librarian for assistance.
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.
You can make a digital copy of a print resource to load into D2L when:
Sharing links to content on the web (as an alternative to copying) is a recommended practice as long as the content on the website is
Loading Recorded Lessons
Educational institutions can transmit lessons to students in real time over the Internet or make a recording of a lesson available 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.
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. Wait! It is not that simple. 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.
Contact the Copyright Office or your Campus Library for support.
You can reproduce copyright protected content in order to display it for an educational purpose in the classroom.
The right does does not apply if the work or other subject-matter is commercially available in a medium that is appropriate.
Copyright Act, Section 29.4(1)
You may include an artistic work (including a painting, print, photograph, diagram, drawing, map, chart and plan) as a class handout or as a posting to a learning or course management system if:
If you would like to use an artistic work -- for example an architectural drawing -- that is not part of larger work (exists alone and is not part of a book or article) use of the image does not fall under fair dealing. Please contact the copyright owner for permission to copy and re-use.
For content from websites your copying may meet the requirements for the educational exception to copy content from the internet (see websites tab on this box).
Instructors may play music or other sound recordings in the classroom if:
This provision may not apply to a performance at an off-campus venue that is not at an educational institution.
A SOCAN license for music performance may be obtained for events that do not meet this criteria.
Check with SOCAN or your Campus Library, for more information.
The Copyright Act includes an exception for tests or examinations. You can:
Section 29.5 in the Copyright Act allows teachers and students to show films and documentaries on campus for educational or training purposes if the following conditions are met:
For social, fundraiser, or non-educational events, a public performance rights licence is required to show films. Audio Cine Films and Criterion Pictures provide various licencing options such as one-time screening, annual performance, etc. Please contact your Campus Library if you would like more information.
NSCC has licensed access to high quality streaming video collections. Faculty, staff and students can access these collections through the library website.
You can copy content from websites for an educational purpose if your copying meets the following conditions:
Important Note: This exception does not apply if the educational institution or person acting in their educational role knows or should have known that the work or other subject-matter was made available through the Internet without the consent of the copyright owner.
The Copyright Act of Canada defines a technological protection measure (commonly referred tp as a digital lock) as:
any effective technology, device or component that, in the ordinary course of its operation,
(a) controls access to a work, to a performer’s performance fixed in a sound recording or to a sound recording and whose use is authorized by the copyright owner; or
(b) restricts the doing — with respect to a work, to a performer’s performance fixed in a sound recording or to a sound recording — of any act referred to in section 3, 15 or 18 and any act for which remuneration is payable under section 19.
Reserve Readings (or Reserves) are high demand materials that you, the faculty member, identify as useful for students in a particular course. These materials have short loan periods to ensure students in your course have fair and equal access to the resources.
You can put materials on reserve for 1, 2, 3 or 24 hour loan, or on 2, 3, or 7 day loan.
You can place original work (i.e. books, journal issues, or DVDs); links to electronic resources (such as full text journal articles) in the Library's licensed databases; or copies of work that complies with NSCC’s Fair Dealing Policy or where permission has been received from the copyright owner.
Fair Dealing applies to copying and communicating a short excerpt of a copyright-protected work for library reserves. The short excerpt may be copied onto paper, or copied and communicated in electronic form, from any copyright-protected course materials, including a course pack, provided that the following safeguards are met:
Copy is made onto paper:
This copy was made pursuant to the Fair Dealing Policy of NSCC which may be found at http://subjectguides.nscc.ca/copyright/fairdealing. The copy may only be used for the purpose of research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, satire or parody. The use of this copy for any other purpose may require the permission of the copyright owner.
Copy is made in electronic form
Student coursework is also protected by copyright and may only be placed on library reserve with the permission of that student. Faculty are required to obtain the student’s written consent to have their material placed on reserve and must remove the student’s name and student ID number from the coursework. Any additional personal information contained in the coursework must be identified by the student and removed at his or her request.
Contact your campus Library staff if you need material from another Novanet Library. Most Novanet libraries support lending their materials to NSCC libraries for Reserve collections. Each request is treated individually and Novanet libraries may exercise the option to not loan their materials.
NSCC has a new Course Pack Repository accessible from the OurNSCC School web pages. The repository provides quick access to the most recent, copyright approved version of course materials for your programs for ease of sharing, printing and uploading to D2L.
The repository includes:
The copyright detail section of the Print Services Order Form does not have to be completed for materials in the cleared repository. This information was submitted and documented as part of the clearance process.
If you have any questions about the Course Pack Repository or are interested in determining if your materials are eligible for inclusion, please contact the Copyright Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request printing of copyright cleared items from this repository through Print Services: