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Faculty Guide for FCET Instructors

Copyrighted Materials in your Course

Copyright Guide Teaching Online The  Teaching Online page on the Copyright guide includes best practices and tips for using copyrighted works, library resources, and openly-licensed content in online courses.
Fair Dealing Assessment Tool

Try the Fair Dealing Assessment tool

Seneca Libraries has released the Fair Dealing Assessment tool, which helps faculty determine if materials can be used under the Canadian Copyright Act.

Try the tool for a Fair Dealing analysis.

 
Copying or Display Allowed?
Explanation and Examples
Print Sources

If the portion is insubstantial

√ If the copying is fair (see Fair Dealing Factors)

√ For exams and testing

X Workbooks

X Materials obtained through personal contracts or licenses

One chapter or 10% from a 250 page book is likely insubstantial copying.

One short story, poem, article is likely insubstantial copying.

You should not reproduce/distribute material with a “personal use only” contract or license.

Distribution can be either: 

  • photocopies given out in class 
  • copies available at the library reserve desk 
  • a scanned file uploaded to Blackboard
 
Copying or Display Allowed?
Explanation and Examples
 Online Sources

√ Publicly available material

X Password-protected content

X Material with a “clearly visible notice” prohibiting educational use

You can use publicly available material from the Internet as long as the content has been legitimately posted and the source and author/creator is cited.

There is no technological protection measure preventing you from accessing or copying the material.

 
Copying or Display Allowed?
Explanation and Examples
 Images
 Tables
 & Figures

 From library databases or print sources

 From internet sites that do not have a “clearly visible notice” prohibiting educational use

Up to 10% of a work is insubstantial copying. It can be used in the classroom or in Blackboard.

There is no technological protection measure preventing you from accessing the material.

 
Copying or Display Allowed?
Explanation and Examples
 Music

 Playing of music in the classroom

X Uploading copyright protected music to Blackboard or burning copies for distribution

You can play a song in your classroom but you cannot upload it to Blackboard and you cannot burn copies to distribute.

There is no technological protection measure preventing you from accessing the material.

 
Copying or Display Allowed?
Explanation and Examples
 Videos & TV

 News programs

 TV series, documentaries, films (as long as you have a legal copy)

√ Seneca Libraries’ thousands of DVDs and online educational videos

X Videos from personal user accounts (e.g., Netflix, iTunes) 

Faculty can show a television program or play a radio broadcast while it is being aired.

News programs or news commentaries can be taped and shown in class. You cannot tape TV series, documentaries, or films and show them in class without permission from the copyright holder.

Videos from personal collections can be shown as long as the copy is legal.

You cannot copy a work (e.g. burn a copy, convert to streaming) without permission from the copyright holder.

There is no technological protection measure preventing you from accessing the material.

 
Copying or Display Allowed?
Explanation and Examples
 YouTube

 Videos uploaded by the copyright owner

X Illegally uploaded videos

YouTube and other video sharing sites may contain content not uploaded by the copyright owner. It is good professional practice to check the legitimacy of a YouTube video before using it in the classroom.

Many content creators like the CBC have channels on YouTube. The videos found on these channels can be used.

 
Copying or Display Allowed?
Explanation and Examples
 Mash-ups

 Copyright protected works used in the creation of a new work

An individual can use copyrighted works such as images, videos, music, text, etc. in the creation of a new work (e.g. modifying a mathematical table, creating an instructional video, creating slides or documents) as long as the original works are cited.

The derivative work must be transformative.

The work must not be used for promotion or commercial purposes.

Learn About Copyright

Online Copyright Training Modules for Employees

Try the 7 self-directed modules designed specifically to provide Seneca employees with a general overview about copyright and introduce you to Seneca's copyright policies.

Copyright Literacy Modules

 

 

Seneca Libraries created a Copyright for Seneca Students guide which provides copyright training and information which aligns with  Seneca College’s Fair Dealing Policy for Students and copyright legislation.

The Fair Dealing provisions in the Copyright Act allow faculty to use copyright-protected works without permission from the copyright owner or the payment of copyright royalties as long as the following two conditions are met:

  1. The "dealing" must be for a purpose stated in the Copyright Act: research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, satire, and parody. Educational use of a copyright-protected work passes the first test.

  2. The dealing must be "fair."

Review the six Fair Dealing Factors to help determine if use of material is considered fair under these provisions. If the copying doesn't satisfy the Fair Dealing factors, contact copyright@senecacollege.ca to explore your options.

Seneca's Copyright Policy and Fair Dealing for Copyright-Protected Work Policy ensure compliance with the Copyright Act as it relates to the use, reproduction and distribution of copyright-protected work.

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