Helpful Links to Online Resources

The links below can help you find additional resources for available materials, assistance in obtaining permission (licenses) to use material, materials freely available for use and distribution, and information about protecting your own research and creative efforts. The links have been compiled into the following categories:

Note that information found on external sites may not be applicable at the University of Saskatchewan. Please contact the Copyright Office if you have questions or require further assistance with any of these resources.


Canadian Legislation (Law)

Canadian Copyright Act (CCA)
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-42/index.html

Related: Bill C-11 (Copyright Modernization Act) http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Docid=5144516&File=9

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Audio/Video

Archive.org
http://www.archive.org
Large archive images, music, texts, podcasts, moving images, and software, many of which are licensed under Creative Commons or are in the Public Domain. Registered users can also upload their own material and link to it from personal websites.

iTunes U
https://twitter.com/iTunesU
Follow iTunesU on twitter for official updates from iTunes U, including featured courses from leading education institutions and noteworthy instructors.

Related: apps for students http://itunes.apple.com/us/collection/apps-for-college/id25204?fcId=532589062&enlh=2.8331.833.83.8&mt=8&ls=1

LibriVox
http://librivox.org/
Audio readings of Public Domain books.

National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
http://www.onf-nfb.gc.ca/eng/home.php
Reproduction of NFB materials for personal or public non-commercial use is permitted, provided certain conditions are met (click here for more information). Commercial use requires written permission of the NFB.

Creative Commons Audio and Video Content Directories
http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Content_Directories
Directories of organizations that allow use of audio and video materials through Creative Commons licenses.

Wikimedia Commons
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
A database of over 13 million freely available and usable image, audio, and video files. Its policy is "user beware" so it is essential to ensure that any guidelines for citing sources are followed.

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Images

Creative Commons Image Content Directory
http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Image#Featured_Image_Sites
A directory of organizations that allow use of images through Creative Commons licenses.

Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/
Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license. Use the advanced search options to browse or search only for content available through Creative Commons licenses.

Images Canada
http://www.imagescanada.ca/index-e.html
Database of archival (historical) images from Canadian libraries and museums that can be used in non-commercial settings in accordance with the terms and conditions of the pre-authorized licenses.

Library and Archives Canada Learning Centre
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/education/index-e.html
Learning resources for teachers and students. Many Canadian books, images, and professional development tools can be accessed through the site.

Springer Images
http://www.springerimages.com/mobile/
Over 320,000 free images and videos available for Medical and Life Sciences. Three types of subscriptions are available, which provide different levels of access to materials (basic subscription is free). Springer Images also has an available iPhone app

Wikimedia Commons
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
A database of over 13 million freely available and usable image, audio, and video files. Its policy is "user beware" so it is essential to ensure that any guidelines for citing sources are followed. 

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Open Access / Creative Commons / Public Domain

Connexions
http://cnx.org/
A non-profit organization providing open education resources. Designed to allow the collaborative development and free availability of material, it is governed by Creative Commons licenses. Content is available from all over the world and users may modify the material for any purpose (but must also be willing to share information).

Creative Commons (CC)
http://creativecommons.org/
A non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative work available for others legally to build upon and share. Copyright owners provide users with varying degrees of access to their works The organization has several copyright licenses which, depending on the license chosen, restrict only certain rights of the work.

Related: Read this clever cartoon-style depiction on how to use Creative Commons licenses http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Spectrumofrights_Comic1

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
http://www.doaj.org/
Provision of access to over 8100 quality-controlled scientific and scholarly Open Access journals, covering all subjects and many languages.

Free Archive of Life Sciences Journals
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/
Free full-text archive of over 2.4 million articles in biomedical and life sciences journals at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

Government of Canada publications (Crown Copyright)
http://publications.gc.ca/site/eng/ccl/aboutCrownCopyright.html
Unless otherwise specified, copyright in works prepared by or under the direction or control of the government of Canada (Crown) is owned by the Crown. However, permission to reproduce most Government of Canada works for personal or public non-commercial purposes, or for cost-recovery purposes, is no longer required, unless otherwise specified in the material you wish to reproduce. Permission must be obtained to revise, adapt or translate the work as well as if the work will be distributed for commercial purposes.

Library and Archives Canada Learning Centre
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/education/index-e.html
Learning resources for teachers and students. Many Canadian books, images, and professional development tools can be accessed here.

Open Content Alliance
http://www.opencontentalliance.org/
International collaboration to provide broad, public access to an archive of multilingual text and multimedia.

Project Gutenberg
http://www.gutenberg.org/
A non-profit organization dedicated to digitizing works in the public domain. Currently over 40,000 titles are available to download in multiple formats. Many titles also available in audio formats.

Springer Science & Business Media
http://www.springer.com/open+access?SGWID=0-169302-0-0-0
Provision of scientific and professional open access journals and books for Medical and Life Sciences as well as publishing options for authors/researchers. Three types of subscriptions are available to provide different levels of access to materials (basic subscription is free). Springer Images also has an available iPhone app

Wikimedia
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Our_projects
Offers a variety of materials for educational use, such as WikiBooks (a collection of free e-book resources),Wikispecies (an open database for taxonomy), Wikiversity (learning materials and research), Wikimedia Commons (repository for free images, photographs, maps, videos, music, etc.). Its policy is "user beware" so it is essential to ensure the guidelines for citing sources are followed.

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Creators/Researchers

Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
http://www.cipo.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/Home
Outlines Canadian copyright issues and provides information about copyright protection, as well as how to register a copyright.

CARFAC
http://www.carfac.ca
Non-profit organization representing professional Canadian visual artists' voices to government.

Connexions
http://cnx.org/
Non-profit organization providing open education resources. Designed to allow the collaborative development and free availability of material, it is governed by Creative Commons licenses. Content is available from all over the world and users may modify the material for any purpose (but must also be willing to share information).

Thesis Canada
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/thesescanada/index-e.html

Large repository of Canadian theses and dissertations.


Representative Organizations

Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)
http://www.accc.ca/xp/index.php/en

A membership organization, representing colleges and institutes in Canada. SIIT and SIAST are members of ACCC.

Association of University and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
http://www.aucc.ca/
A membership organization, representing 95 universities and university degree-level colleges. The University of Saskatchewan is a member of AUCC.

Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
http://caut.ca/
Represents over 66,000 academic staff and provides wide range of services and advice to members.

CARFAC
http://www.carfac.ca
Non-profit organization representing professional Canadian visual artists' voices to government.

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Collectives

Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC)
http://www.resound.ca/en/index.htm
Canadian non-profit collective that collects and distributes the private copying levies and advocates on behalf of members.

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)
http://www.copyright.com/content/cc3/en.html American copyright collective that can provide licenses for American and international in- and out-of-print books, journals, newspapers, magazines, movies, television shows, images, blogs and ebooks. 

Educational Rights Collective of Canada (ERCC)
http://www.ercc.ca/ercc_welcome.html
Canadian non-profit copyright collective that administers the Educational Rights Tariff. The Copyright Act allows educational institutions to make a single copy of works at the time of their broadcast and use those copies in the classroom without the permission of the copyright owners. Educational institutions must comply with the Educational Rights Tariff certified by the Copyright Board of Canada.

Re:Sound
http://www.resound.ca/en/index.htm
Canadian non-profit music licensing company that provides licenses for performance rights and compensation for artists and record companies.

Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
http://www.socan.ca/
Canadian copyright collective that administers performing rights of more than 100,000 composer, author and music publisher members.

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Copyright websites at other "opt-out" universities:

Athabasca University
http://cldd.athabascau.ca/services/copyright.php

Carleton University
http://www.library.carleton.ca/copyright

Memorial University
http://www.mun.ca/copyright/

Mount Royal University
http://www.mtroyal.ca/Library/Research/Copyright/index.htm

Queen's University
http://library.queensu.ca/copyright

Royal Roads University
http://library.royalroads.ca/copyright-office

Trent University
http://guides.lib.trentu.ca/copyright

University of British Columbia
http://copyright.ubc.ca/

University of Guelph
http://www.lib.uoguelph.ca/about/policies/copyright.cfm

University of New Brunswick
http://www.lib.unb.ca/copyright/

University of Northern British Columbia
http://libguides.unbc.ca/copyright

University of Waterloo
http://www.lib.uwaterloo.ca/copyright/index.html

University of Windsor
http://web4.uwindsor.ca/units/leddy/leddy.nsf/Copyright!OpenForm

York University
http://copyright.info.yorku.ca/

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Note that information found on the websites at other institutions may not be applicable at the University of Saskatchewan. Please contact the Copyright Office (8817) if you have questions or require further assistance with any of these resources. 


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.

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