General Information

The resources used by educational institutions are constantly evolving and the university has revised its approach to how materials protected by copyright are used in order to meet the needs of our institution. In addition to the university’s copyright policy, implemented in 2009, we have also implemented supporting documents: Copying Guidelines and Fair Dealing Guidelines, which have been reviewed and updated to reflect current best practices and current federal legislation. The Fair Dealing Guidelines were prepared by the Copyright Coordinator, in conjunction with the Copyright Advisory Committee.

In general, one is allowed to make a copy if:

  • the work being copied is in the public domain
  • the copyright owner has explicitly indicated permission
  • the work to be copied is covered by a license that permits copying such as:
  •  Creative Commons licenses
  • Open Access works
  • licenses that the U of S has with the publisher of an electronic journal or book
  • the copying is permitted by one of the exceptions in the Copyright Act, such as:
    • the educational exception permitting copies to be made to display to students for educational and training purposes during a class on the U of S premises, provided the work is not already commercially available in that format
    • the educational exception permitting copies to be made for students as required for a test or an examination on the U of S premises, provided the work is not already commercially available in that format
    • the educational exception permitting the use of material that is freely available on the Internet for the purposes education, provided the source is identified
    • the fair dealing exception, which permits limited copying for the purpose of research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, parody, or satire.

If you require assistance with verifying the copyright status of material you are using or help seeking copyright clearance or public performance rights for teaching or research purposes, contact the Copyright Coordinator (general inquiries), the Bookstore (copyright clearance for course pack material), or CCDE (copyright clearance for distance education courses). Staff will determine allowable uses and request copyright clearance as needed. Please understand that every reasonable effort will be made to acquire permission for your desired use, however it may occasionally be necessary to find an alternate source for the material.

Please review the other webpages within this tab to find out more about copyright law and the exceptions available to you as an instructor, professor, or faculty member, which grant you the right to use and distribute copyright materials under certain conditions.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a presentation or workshop about copyright, please contact the Copyright Office.

Note: The information obtained from or through this site does not constitute legal advice, but is provided as guidelines for using works for educational purposes.

Creative Commons License
All information found on the University of Saskatchewan Copyright website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada License unless otherwise noted.