All NSCC faculty, staff and students must copy and reuse material within the parameters of the Canadian Copyright Act.
NSCC faculty, staff and students are also required to abide by the following NSCC policies, procedures and guidelines:
Please refer to the Fair Dealing sections of this guide for more information.
You can copy when one or more of the following conditions are met:
PUBLIC DOMAIN ~
In Canada copyright protection = LIFE + 50 years
FAIR DEALING ~
See NSCC Fair Dealing Guidelines
EDUCATIONAL EXCEPTIONS ~
Include but are not limited to: *Project a copy of a work to display in the classroom. *Copy portions for the purpose of creating an exam. *Work available through Internet.
See Printing @ NSCC tab.
CREATIVE COMMONS ~
Provide attribution and refer to the licence for any restrictions. See Citing CC Images Tab.
Need information about copying images?
Please refer to the Copying Images section of this guide.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON COPYRIGHT TERM
Under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), which entered into force on July 1, 2020, Canada committed to extend its general term from 50 years after the life of the author to 70 years after the life of the author. Canada has a transition period that lasts until December 31, 2022 to implement this change.
WORKS ALREADY IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
It is not retroactive. Works that entered the public domain before CUSMA, remain in the public domain.
As part of the modernization of the Canadian Copyright Act in 2012, technological protection measures (digital locks) were given legal status as a means for copyright owners to protect their electronic content.
A digital lock can take the form of:
The presence of a digital lock can supersede or trump other user rights defined in the Canadian Copyright Act.
Please consult with your campus librarian before copying.
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.
Copyright Act, Section 41.0
This order grants the right to reproduce (without permission) federal statutes, regulations and judicial decisions.
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:
Want to copy or print from web-based sources?
What You Can and Cannot Do with Copyright-Protected Works. An overview of the educational use of copyright-protected works in Canada, created by Canadian Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICAN).
Colleges and Institutes Canada. (2014). What you can and cannot do with copyright-protected works [video]. Ottawa, ON: Colleges and Institutes Canada.
An introduction to copyright in Canada from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.
Government of Canada. (2016). What is copyright? (Canada) [video]. Retrieved from https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/wr03719.html