FAQ

1. Who in the university is responsible for ensuring that faculty, staff and students comply with copyright university policy?
2. What is Copyright infringement?
3. What will happen if I don’t comply with the university’s policies and guidelines on copyright compliance?

1. Who in the university is responsible for ensuring that faculty, staff and students comply with copyright university policy?

Everyone. Faculty, staff and students should always seek to comply with the Copyright Act as a best practice of academic professionalism. You are only permitted to make lawful copies of works, and use works in lawful ways – failure to comply with the Copyright Act could lead to personal liability, as well as liability for the University. Ensure that you use copyrighted materials appropriately. Advise your students and colleagues to use copyrighted materials appropriately. Contact the Copyright Office if you have questions.
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2. What is Copyright infringement?

A person who does something with a protected work that only the copyright owner is entitled to do, and does so without the permission of the copyright owner of that work, infringes the copyright of the owner and can be held liable. Either civil or criminal penalties can be imposed for copyright infringement. Criminal penalties can include fines and/or imprisonment and depend on the seriousness of the infringement. While criminal penalties are usually reserved for those engaged in piracy for profit, civil penalties, including an order to pay damages or an injunction to cease infringing, can be imposed for other types of infringement. Monetary damages could be awarded to the copyright owner for loss of income occasioned by the infringement or for other losses.

Generally, the person who actually infringes the rights of the copyright owner will be held liable for the infringement. In the absence of the fair dealing exception or a license, anyone who photocopies a copyrighted book without permission will be held liable for that infringement, whether that person be a student, staff member, or faculty member. Frequently staff (especially in the libraries) copy materials at the request of others (e.g. a faculty member or a student). In that case, both the person who actually infringes copyright (the staff member) and the person who requested the staff member to so infringe (the faculty member or the student) can be held liable for the infringement. In addition, you may be placing liability on the University, if the works were copied by an employee (or employees) of the University in the course of their employment. Before you engage in any copying or use of copyright protected materials, please consider the parties who you might be impacting. Please follow all University policies and guidelines to ensure proper use of equipment for copying published works.

In addition to potential liability, staff at the University Libraries, Archives, and Printing Services have a professional responsibility to respect copyright law and may refuse to copy or print something for you if it is thought to be an infringement of copyright law.
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3. What will happen if I don’t comply with the university’s policies and guidelines on copyright compliance?

University of Saskatchewan policies and guidelines align with the Government of Canada’s copyright legislation (Copyright Act) and outline the institution’s requirements of faculty, staff and students to comply with all legal requirements.

The University of Saskatchewan is committed to compliance in all copyright matters. It is the responsibility of each individual to comply with copyright laws and respect copyright ownership and licensing. The use of copyright materials without proper consent may be actionable under both the Copyright Act and the Criminal Code. In addition to any actions that might be taken by any copyright owner or its licensing agent, the university will take any breaches of this copyright policy very seriously. In the case of employees, disciplinary procedures may be applied. In the case of students, disciplinary action for academic and/or non-academic misconduct may be applied.


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