Copyright is handled differently depending on where you are using the work. Unless stated otherwise, all works you come across, whether in print or online, are copyrighted.
When using (e.g. copying, modifying) copyright-protected works, it is your responsibility to ensure you are not violating copyright law.
When using copyrighted works, it is important that you have legally obtained that work.
Examples of legally obtained works:
Examples of works that may not be legally obtained:
Best practices for the use of copyrighted works include:
This section is adapted from "Best Practices for Instructors" by Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office, University of British Columbia under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license
Be sure to cite and/or attribute all works used.
If you are concerned that your use of a work is not covered by Fair Dealing Guidelines, the Library can help you to request permission from the copyright holder to use the work.
Want to learn more about when and how to request permission? Watch the University of Alberta's Asking Permission and Transactional Licences (5:28).
Below are two sample letters to help you get started with your request for permission:
If you have questions or need help with copyright, please contact us!
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