Use of Copyright Materials
All Copyright Materials must be used in compliance with Copyright Law. Employees are responsible to ensure that the use of Copyright Materials is in compliance with Copyright Law.Copyright Infringement is a serious offence that may result in significant legal and financial ramifications for the University. This policy is intended to limit the potential liability of the University and its Employees for Copyright Infringement through the exercise of due diligence in the use of Copyright Materials.
The University is committed to complying with Copyright Law and respects intellectual property rights. The expectation is that Employees inform themselves of their legal duty under this policy, any other University copyright-related policies, and Copyright Law and conduct their actions accordingly.
The University participates in a number of Licensing Agreements in order to facilitate Employees access to Copyright Materials. The use of Copyright Materials is governed by the terms of the Licensing Agreements or other contracts between the University and the Copyright Owner or their licensing agent.
Employees may, on behalf of the University, arrange other Licensing Agreements to facilitate access to Copyright Materials. Any Licensing Agreements arranged by Faculty or Staff should be kept on file.
Certain uses of Copyright Materials may be covered by User Rights as contemplated in the Copyright Act. Most significant for the University are the fair dealing provisions and the specific exceptions for educational institutions, and libraries, archives and museums. The University has Fair Dealing Guidelines which set out the requirements that University Employees must follow if they wish to avail themselves of the fair dealing exception.
The University does not permit the use of illegal software copies, or the illegal copying of computer software on University facilities and/or equipment. Unauthorized copying of computer software exposes the individual and the institution to legal action for Copyright Infringement or for breach of the applicable License Agreement.
Roles and Responsibilities
In order to avoid Copyright Infringement, it is the responsibility of Employees to ensure that Copyright Materials are used in accordance with this policy and Copyright Law. As unauthorized use of Copyright Materials is contrary to Copyright Law and subject to legal recourse, it is the responsibility of all Employees at the University to exercise care in ensuring proper authorization has been obtained for use of Copyright Materials (including the particular use in question).
Unless permitted by a specific License Agreement or other contract, or an exception under the Copyright Act, use or reproduction of Copyright Materials, in whole or in part, by any means, is not allowed without the permission of the Copyright Owner.Deans, heads, directors and managers are responsible for taking reasonable steps to implement this policy and to facilitate ongoing compliance.