The following information is based on guidelines created by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) to help faculty apply fair dealing in their day-to-day teaching activities. Please note that these guidelines generally apply to print sources. For a licensed online material (e.g., from a library database), the safest bet is to link to it since the licence may not permit distribution of downloaded content.
- Faculty may copy a short excerpt from a copyright-protected work to share with students in a course
- A short excerpt is generally interpreted as 10% or less of a work, one chapter from a book, or a single article from a periodical
- Distribution should be limited to students in a course (e.g., in SLATE or as class handouts)
- It is not permissible to copy multiple short excerpts from the same source with the intention of copying most or all of the work (e.g., copy 10% of a work for week 1 of the course and another 10% from the same source for week 2)
- The source should be cited
If what you need to copy exceeds the fair dealing guidelines, please contact Sam Cheng, Open Education and Copyright Librarian (email@example.com), for assistance on a complete fair dealing evaluation or on requesting permission.