See the other answers in this FAQ page for an outline of what material you can use and how. Using material for assignments falls under the same educational use guidelines as teaching. Please be aware that if you will be using the material outside of school such as at a place of employment or publishing it then you cannot rely on the same guidelines. Remember to always cite your sources.
You will need to obtain permission and generally pay a license fee to play a film for non-educational purposes, for help with this please contact email@example.com. You can also see if the film you want to watch is available from one of our providers.
If you really want to play music you can. Just be sure you are playing on YouTube from the original channel, noted with a checkmark icon next to the same.
Creative Commons licensed works are not in the public domain. You must read the license posted with the work and see what it permits. Also, you must acknowledge the copyright owner by citing the source same as you would any referenced article.
Not post the article itself, but your two options are: providing the title and author for the students to search themselves, or providing a permalink to the resource.
You'll have to read the license terms and conditions, including the Authorized Uses section, to see whether this particular use is permitted by the license. If you cannot find this information, please contact us. A better alternative is to provide a permalink to the article. If you cannot find a permalink, please contact us.
Linking is considered best practice as providing a link to content is not the same as posting a reproduction (i.e. a PDF copy). Many of our databases and our catalogue allow the creation of permalinks to link yourself and your students directly to the content or article.
If the amount you need to copy falls within the Fair Dealing guidelines then you are able to copy it and hand it out to students. You can only copy a maximum of one chapter or 10% from a resource. Consider switching to an Open Education Resource (OER)..
No, but you can place one chapter of the book on BlackBoard. Consider switching to the current edition of the same book, using a newer but similar title, or create or try an existing Open Education Resource (OER).
Yes, you do need to cite the source for any images used in the classroom regardless of where they are from. For citation help, please visit The Learning Portal's citation page or book an appointment with the Academic Support Centre.
No. You may copy up to one chapter or 10% of a text book for private study, research or education. You are not able to copy an entire book without permission from the copyright owner, which may be one or more listed authors or the publisher itself.
No, but Fair Dealing allows you to copy one chapter or 10% if the purpose for the copying is education, research, or teaching. You are not able to copy an entire book without permission from the copyright owner, which may be one or more listed authors or the publisher itself.
Yes, you are allowed one article per issue of a serial publication (journal, magazine, newspaper).
A list of ingredients with amounts would not be copyright protected, but it is likely that the instructions would be.
Yes, but only their original, unaltered works. Any work that adds new material, such as adding footnotes to a play or a new recording of Mozart's work, is given new copyright upon creation and therefore that new work can only be used within the copyright guidelines.
Google Images is a search mechanism and does not necessarily provide copyright-free images. Please keep in mind that the library has links to various Creative Commons, Open Access, and Public Domain image sites. Please take note of any license information.
6 BEST PRACTICES FOR LEGALLY USING GOOGLE IMAGES
1. ALWAYS ASSUME THE IMAGE IS PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT
Never use an image, illustration or photograph without first doing research to determine its copyright status. Not everyone realizes that online content is protected by copyright.
Copyright-wise, it's always less risky to link to a photo or other image than it is to copy and paste it onto your website or social media platform. And, it's best not to embed that link, but rather to paste the full URL (web address).
3. USE YOUR OWN PHOTOS AND IMAGES
When possible, use photos and other images that you've taken yourself, but note the following:
4. USE CREATIVE COMMONS-LICENSED IMAGES
Use images that have a Creative Commons (CC) license. However, be aware that a CC license is just that: a license. You need to read its terms and conditions and see what it allows or not.
Not all CC licenses allow the same uses. A CC license may allow use as-is, in a remix, or as part of a new work. In most cases a CC license requires attribution of the copyright owner.
5. USE IMAGES FROM STOCK PHOTO AGENCIES
Purchase images from stock photo agencies and follow the license terms. Remember, you're not outright buying an image from a stock agency, but are paying for certain uses of it. Read the specific terms and conditions (to which you have agreed). For example, you may be able to post the image on your blog but require additional permission to use it on the cover of your e-book.
6. CONFIRM WHO OWNS THE COPYRIGHT IN THE IMAGE
Always verify that the image's creator has the rights to permit you to use it. They may have assigned their rights to someone else and no longer own copyright in the image. Or, they may have created the photograph or other image at work as part of their employment duties, and copyright belongs to the employer.
There are two copyright related reasons to use a LMS site over a public website. First, if you are using the Fair Dealing Policy to post materials, you must be posting to a learning or course management system site that is password protected or otherwise restricted to students of the College. In addition, if you are getting permission to post materials, copyright holders will almost always require that access to the material is restricted to students enrolled in your class. We recommend that all faculty members and instructors at St. Lawrence College use the LMS supported by their departments to manage their course materials.
Best practices for posting copyrighted materials to LMS Sites like Blackboard:
In addition, please include the following notices on your course website:
On the main page of your website: "This material is designed for use as part of <Course Name> at St. Lawrence College and is the property of the instructor unless otherwise stated. Third party copyrighted materials (such as book chapters and articles) have either been licensed for use in this course or fall under an exception or limitation in Canadian Copyright law."
With or on the copyrighted works uploaded for the class: "This material has been provided for research, private study or education. Copying or communicating this material for further distribution (e.g. uploading material to a commercial third-party website) can lead to a violation of Copyright law. Find out more about copyright here: https://stlawrencecollege.libguides.com/copyright."
This guide has been adapted from the CLO Learning Portal Copyright page (archived) and the Faculty Toolkit.
This site was designed solely for informational purposes for St. Lawrence College faculty, staff and students. All other users are encouraged to check and confirm the information with their institution(s). This site is prepared by library staff and is not reviewed by legal counsel.