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The World of Copyright

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All use of copyright material at Selkirk College must be in copyright compliance. Individuals will need to determine if they are able to use material under copyright as they would like to.

Instructors can also access information on the internal Copyright Resources page.

Contact Gregg Currie, College Librarian, for further assistance.








This page is here to provide you with information to enable you to safely navigate the waters of Copyright Law as they apply to using copyrighted materials in the classroom.

Copyright law protects a variety of creations, including books, computer programs, letters, maps, models, sculptures, music and film.  It gives copyright owners - usually authors or publishers - the sole right to copy or to authorize someone else to copy their works. It is essential that you are aware of copyright as it applies to teaching and research at Selkirk College.

Fair dealing balances the rights of copyright owners with the needs of users, such as students and researchers, who require access to copyrighted material for the purposes of research, private study, education, satire, parody, criticism, review or news reporting.

In addition to Fair Dealing and licensed resources you also have permission through other means including the Creative Commons (alternative licenses applied to multimedia content on the internet), content in the Public Domain (not owned or controlled by anyone) and open access publishing (free online access to scholarly material).


Legislative History

Copyright, which literally means 'right to copy', is an area of intellectual property law, and is designed to give creators of content exclusive right to the use of material they create.  Copyright is automatically confirmed once something has a concrete expression - written, photographed or otherwise created in some tangible format.

The intent of copyright is eloquently stated in Constitution of the  United States Article 1, section 8:

"To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."

From the outset, copyright was meant to balance the rights of both creators and users, by ensuring that creators can profit from their creations and that society as a whole can benefit from the dissemination of ideas.

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