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  • Reminder - Copyright Review of Course Materials - Spring/Summer 2022

    March 29, 2022

    All course instructors whose course materials for Spring/Summer 2022 are subject to copyright review (as outlined below) are reminded to submit a Copyright Review Request Form for those readings and related materials for each such course to copyright@ualberta.ca as soon as possible....

  • Crown copyright: Will the third time be the charm?

    November 08, 2021

    Amanda Wakaruk, U of A's Copyright and Scholarly Communications Librarian, has written an Op-Ed entitled "Crown copyright: Will the third time be the charm?," which appeared in The Hill Times on 04 November 2021....

  • Reminder - Copyright Review of Course Materials - Winter 2022

    October 26, 2021

    All course instructors whose course materials for Winter 2022 are subject to copyright review (as outlined below) are reminded to submit a Copyright Review Request Form for those readings and related materials for each such course to copyright@ualberta.ca as soon as possible....

  • The Quad - Fairness and Balance: The Supreme Court of Canada Decision in Access Copyright v. York University

    August 27, 2021

    On Friday, July 30, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision on Access Copyright v. York University. The decision was wholly positive for the post-secondary sector....

  • Consultation on Copyright Term Extension (CUSMA)

    June 23, 2021

    The submissions to the Government of Canada's consultation on how to implement Canada's CUSMA commitment to extend the general term of copyright protection have now been made public....

  • Reminder - Copyright Review of Course Materials - Fall 2021

    June 21, 2021

    All course instructors whose course materials for Fall 2021 are subject to copyright review (as outlined below) are reminded to submit a Copyright Review Request Form for those readings and related materials for each such course to copyright@ualberta.ca as soon as possible....

  • Update to Canadian Public Domain Flowchart

    May 13, 2021

    The University of Alberta Copyright Office has updated its Canadian Copyright Term and Public Domain Flowchart. The updated version is available....

  • Reminder - Copyright Review of Course Materials - Spring-Summer 2021

    March 31, 2021

    All course instructors whose course materials for Spring and Summer 2021 are subject to copyright review are reminded to submit a Copyright Review Request Form for those readings and related materials for each such course to copyright@ualberta.ca as soon as possible....

  • Fair Dealing Week 2021 - Event Feb 23 and 24 - Registration Open

    January 29, 2021

    The University of Alberta and the "Lower Mainland Consortium" (SFU, UBC, Langara, KPU, VCC, and BCIT) will be co-hosting an online event for Fair Dealing Week 2021 on February 23 and 24. The event is free of charge, but registration is required. Registration for the event is now open and available here. The program includes three presentations....

  • The Quad - Finding Your Copyright Comfort Zone

    January 20, 2021

    If you are working or studying at a research university, you are probably regularly making decisions that involve copyright issues.... So, how can you make all this seem a bit less daunting? What steps can you take to find your copyright comfort zone?...

  • Fair Dealing Week 2021 - Save the Date

    December 18, 2020

    We are pleased to announce that the University of Alberta and the "Lower Mainland Consortium" (SFU, UBC, Langara, KPU, VCC, and BCIT) will be co-hosting an online event for Fair Dealing Week 2021.  The presentations will take place on February 23 and 24. The program is as follows...

  • CARL Releases Copyright Resources for Universities

    December 17, 2020

    The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has today released a new Open Educational Resource, “Copyright for University Instructors and Staff." In a series of seven short self-directed modules, university employees are guided through instructional videos and brief quizzes that will help them navigate the complexities of copyright law in Canada.

  • Call for Proposals: Open Education Showcase 2021

    December 14, 2020

    The University of Alberta's Centre for Teaching and Learning will be celebrating Open Education Week (March 1 - 5, 2021) by hosting their first Open Education Symposium. CTL has released a Call for Proposals for this Open Education Symposium.

  • Internet Archive Event: Public Domain Day 2021

    December 14, 2020

    The Internet Archive is hosting an event entitled "Public Domain Day: Looking Ahead To 2021." This event is on Thursday, December 17.

  • Reminder - Copyright Review of Course Materials - Winter 2021

    October 28, 2020

    All course instructors whose course materials for Winter 2021 are subject to copyright review (as outlined below) are reminded to submit a Copyright Review Request Form for those readings and related materials for each such course to copyright@ualberta.ca as soon as possible....

  • Supreme Court of Canada to hear appeals in Access Copyright v. York University

    October 19, 2020

    On Thursday, October 15, the Supreme Court of Canada announced that it would hear the appeals from both sides of the Access Copyright v. York University case....

  • Resources for Instructors - Fall 2020

    July 27, 2020

    Here are some additional information and resources from a few U of A units to assist instructors in preparing for Fall 2020 under these extraordinary circumstances....

  • Sharing Your Teaching Materials Online

    July 17, 2020

    A new page has been added to the Copyright Office website to address copyright issues related to the online sharing of content created by U of A instructors for use in courses. Examples include the course syllabus, recorded lectures, instructor-authored readings and notes, and presentation slides.

  • Reminder - Copyright Review of Course Materials - Fall 2020

    June 30, 2020

    All course instructors whose course materials for Fall 2020 are subject to copyright review (as outlined below) are reminded to submit a Copyright Review Request Form for those readings and related materials for each such course to copyright@ualberta.ca as soon as possible....

  • Controlled Digital Lending: Internet Archive facing lawsuit

    June 15, 2020

    On June 1, 2020, four member companies of the Association of American Publishers filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Internet Archive over controlled digital lending.

  • ABC Virtual 2020 - June Speaker's Series

    June 05, 2020

    The University of Alberta Copyright Office is pleased to be hosting two online presentations as a part of the ABC Copyright June Speaker's Series. These presentations are free of charge, but registration is required....

  • ABC Virtual 2020 - Rebecca Giblin Keynote

    May 22, 2020

    The keynote presentation by Rebecca Giblin on 21 May 2020 at the ABC Copyright Conference is now available on YouTube.

  • ABC Virtual 2020 - Registration Open

    May 08, 2020

    Registration is now open for two online presentations, one on May 21 and one on May 22, that will form ABC Virtual 2020...

  • The Quad - The York Appeal and Fair Dealing Guidelines

    April 30, 2020

    The long-awaited decision from the Federal Court of Appeal in the Access Copyright v. York University case was released on April 22. There are two key issues in the case. The first is whether the Copyright Board’s Post-Secondary Tariff is mandatory in its application to institutions, and the second is whether conforming with York University’s Fair Dealing Guidelines constitutes fair dealing under the Copyright Act.

  • Federal Court of Appeal Overturns York University Copyright Decision

    April 27, 2020

    Federal Court of Appeal Deals Access Copyright Huge Blow as it Overturns York Copyright Decision (Geist)

  • Reminder - Copyright Review of Course Materials - Spring and Summer 2020

    April 07, 2020

    All course instructors whose course materials for Spring and Summer 2020 are subject to copyright review (as outlined below) are reminded to submit a Copyright Review Request Form for those readings and related materials for each such course to copyright@ualberta.ca as soon as possible...

  • Copyright and COVID-19: The Role of Fair Dealing

    March 25, 2020

    The current COVID-19 crisis has created challenges for post-secondary institutions across the country and around the world in their efforts to continue to meet the needs of their students while observing the constraints of social distancing....

  • Copyright Office and COVID-19

    March 17, 2020

    Although Copyright Office staff will largely be working remotely during this period, please continue to send your copyright queries to copyright@ualberta.ca.

  • Fair Dealing Symposium 2020 - Registration Open!

    January 16, 2020

    As part of Fair Dealing Week 2020, the University of Alberta Copyright Office will be presenting a one-day symposium on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Registration for this FREE event is now open...

  • Public Domain Day 2020

    January 01, 2020

    In Canada, January 1st of each year is the day that new works enter the public domain after their term of copyright protection has expired...

  • Reminder - Fair Dealing Symposium 2020- 26 February

    December 20, 2019

    This is a reminder that University of Alberta's Annual Fair Dealing Symposium will be held on Wednesday, February 26th, 2020.

  • Copyright Workshop - Understanding Publisher Agreements

    December 04, 2019

    In this workshop, we will examine agreements from different publishers and discuss factors to consider before signing...

  • Copyright Review of Course Materials - Winter 2020

    October 22, 2019

    Course Instructors are reminded to submit their Winter 2020 Course Materials for copyright review as soon as possible....

  • Fair Dealing Symposium 2020 - Save the Date and Call for Proposals

    October 22, 2019

    Save the date for the University of Alberta's Fair Dealing Symposium 2020, on February 26. The Call for Proposals is available now. Proposals should be submitted no later than November 29....

  • Copyright Workshop - Understanding Publisher Agreements - July 30 and 31

    July 03, 2019

    In this workshop, we will examine agreements from different publishers and discuss factors to consider before signing...

  • Copyright Review of Course Materials - Fall 2019

    June 24, 2019

    Course Instructors are reminded to submit their Fall 2019 Course Materials for copyright review as soon as possible....

  • The Quad - Highlights from the Report on the Copyright Act Review

    June 20, 2019

    On Monday, June 3, 2019, the federal government's Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) released its report on the Statutory Review of the Copyright Act. ... The final report, which makes 36 recommendations, is detailed, thorough, and balanced, and it generally demonstrates a good grasp of the issues and the differing points of view on how best to approach those issues. In this post, I will touch upon only about half of those 36 recommendations....

  • Copyright Review of Course Materials - Spring-Summer 2019

    March 19, 2019

    Course Instructors are reminded to submit their Spring/Summer 2019 Course Materials for copyright review as soon as possible....

  • Fair Dealing Symposium 2019 - Presentations

    March 19, 2019

    The presentation slides from the University of Alberta Copyright Office's Fair Dealing Symposium 2019 are now available on ERA....

  • The Quad - A Look at Educational Fair Dealing

    February 27, 2019

    Through most of 2018, the federal Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) was engaged in its statutory review of the Copyright Act. One of the prominent issues in that review was fair dealing for the purpose of education. A number of groups have been lobbying for the removal of "education" as one of the purposes under fair dealing....

  • The Quad - Controlled Digital Lending

    February 06, 2019

    ...The target of all this extreme rhetoric is the Internet Archive's Open Library and its use of Controlled Digital Lending. The concerns raised are of particular interest to the University of Alberta, where the University of Alberta Libraries has recently made its previously non-circulating Wiedrick collection accessible via Controlled Digital Lending through the Internet Archive....

  • The Quad - Thinking about the Public Domain

    January 10, 2019

    To properly recognize and appreciate the value of the public domain, we must acknowledge the importance of protecting not only what is already part of the public domain today, but also protecting the works that are currently still under copyright and that will become part of the public domain in the future....

  • Fair Dealing Symposium 2019 - Registration Open!

    December 07, 2018

    As part of Fair Dealing Week 2019, the University of Alberta Copyright Office will be presenting a one-day symposium on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Registration for this FREE event is now open.

  • Copyright Workshop - Understanding Publisher Agreements - December 12 and 13

    November 27, 2018

    In this workshop, we will examine agreements from different publishers and discuss factors to consider before signing...

  • University of Alberta submission on the statutory review of the Copyright Act

    November 21, 2018

    On November 14, the University of Alberta submitted its brief on the Statutory Review of the Copyright Act. A link to the full text of the U of A submission, which was published to the INDU Committee website on November 20, is included....

  • Copyright Review of Course Materials - Winter 2019

    October 23, 2018

    Course Instructors are reminded to submit their Winter 2019 Course Materials for copyright review as soon as possible....

  • Open Access Week 2018

    October 22, 2018

    Please see the link for some information about Open Access Week 2018!

  • The Quad - Helping Students Understand Copyright and Plagiarism

    September 12, 2018

    There is some overlap between copyright infringement and plagiarism, and this overlap can lead to confusion for students. While there are a number of similarities between the two, there are important differences as well. Understanding the similarities and differences between them may help you to avoid both of them.

  • Copyright Review of Course Materials - Fall 2018

    June 19, 2018

    Course Instructors are reminded to submit their Fall 2018 Course Materials for copyright review as soon as possible....

  • The Quad - Collective Licences and Mandatory Tariffs

    June 12, 2018

    At the INDU Committee hearings for the statutory review of the Copyright Act, some authors' and publishers' groups have expressed concerns about the impact of the use of fair dealing by educational institutions. These groups have routinely suggested that a return by educational institutions to collective licences through Access Copyright would be a good approach to resolving many of their concerns.

  • Copyright Workshops - Understanding Publisher Agreements - June 12 and 14

    May 24, 2018

    In this workshop, we will examine agreements from different publishers and discuss factors to consider before signing...

  • The Quad - Statutory Review of the Copyright Act: How to Make sure Your Voice is Heard

    April 26, 2018

    The statutory review of the Copyright Act is now underway. The outcome of this review could have a significant impact on post-secondary institutions, so it is important to ensure that a broad range of voices from this sector make their views heard during the consultations....

  • World Book and Copyright Day

    April 23, 2018

    World Book and Copyright Day is a celebration to promote the enjoyment of books and reading. Each year, on 23 April, celebrations take place all over the world to recognize the magical power of books - a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures...

  • Copyright Review of Course Materials - Spring and Summer 2018

    March 12, 2018

    Course Instructors are reminded to submit their Spring/Summer 2018 Course Materials for copyright review as soon as possible....

  • The Quad - Consider This: Fair Dealing Under Review

    February 21, 2018

    Copyright law must maintain a balance between the interests of the creators to control and benefit economically from their works and the interests of users to benefit from accessing and using those works. Getting this balance right can be tricky, and the element that is critical to maintaining this balance is fair dealing....

  • The Quad - Sharing Course Notes and Study Materials Online

    January 24, 2018

    The internet offers unparalleled opportunities for us to share content we have created ourselves and to gain access to the content others have created and shared. However, before uploading any materials to sites like Course Hero and OneClass, it is important for students to read their terms of use, particularly regarding copyright....

  • Fair Dealing Week 2018 - Events

    January 10, 2018

    The Copyright Office of the University of Alberta is celebrating Fair Dealing Week 2018 by hosting four events on Wednesday, February 28. All events will be in held in the Wild Rose Room at the Lister Centre. Please register to attend any or all of these free events.

  • The Quad - Happy Public Domain Day

    December 13, 2017

    In the world of Canadian copyright, January 1st of each year is "public domain day," marking the annual addition of works into Canada's public domain....

  • Canadian Public Domain Flowchart

    December 05, 2017

    The Copyright Office has posted an updated Canadian Public Domain Flowchart....

  • The Quad - Copyright and Education

    November 20, 2017

    Instructors at educational institutions often display copyright-protected materials in classes or distribute excerpts from such materials to students. Copyright law tries to promote the broader public good by balancing the economic interests of creators in benefiting from their works with the interests of users to access, draw from, and build on those works. To that end, the Copyright Act gives specific recognition to the use of copyright-protected materials for education....

  • Copyright Review of Course Materials - Winter 2018

    October 26, 2017

    Course Instructors are reminded to submit their Winter 2018 Course Materials for copyright review as soon as possible....

  • Open Access Week 2017

    October 20, 2017

    Please see the link for some information on Open Access Week 2017!

  • New copyright information posters for university-operated copiers

    September 08, 2017

    The Copyright Office has developed and is currently distributing two new information posters to be posted alongside university-operated copiers, printers and scanners....

  • Fair Dealing Myths and Facts

    September 07, 2017

    The Canadian Association of Research Libraries has released its Fair Dealing Myths and Facts information sheet, which should be a useful tool for universities this fall...

  • The Quad - Reforming the Copyright Board

    August 23, 2017

    Copyright Blog Post #9 - "Reforming the Copyright Board"

  • New Professor Teaching Orientation - Copyright Information

    August 02, 2017

    The Centre for Teaching and Learning is offering a New Professor Teaching Orientation on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. In conjunction with this orientation, the Copyright Office has prepared a brief introduction to copyright issues and resources for new faculty....

  • The Quad - Access Copyright v York

    July 20, 2017

    Copyright Blog Post #8 - "Access Copyright v York University - What does it mean for the U of A?"

  • Copyright Review of Course Materials - Fall 2017

    July 10, 2017

    Course Instructors are reminded to submit their Fall 2017 Course Materials for copyright review as soon as possible....

  • The Quad - Creative Commons 101

    July 05, 2017

    Copyright Blog Post #7 - "Creative Commons 101"

  • Copyright Review of Course Materials - Summer 2017

    June 02, 2017

    Course Instructors are reminded to submit their Summer 2017 Course Materials for copyright review as soon as possible....

  • The Quad - Copyright and Academic Publishing

    May 18, 2017

    Copyright Blog Post #6 - "Things to Keep in Mind: Copyright and Academic Publishing"

  • World Book and Copyright Day - 23 April

    April 20, 2017

    23 April is a symbolic date in world literature. UNESCO created World Book and Copyright Day to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date...

  • Copyright Workshops - Understanding Publisher Agreements - June 13 and 14

    April 04, 2017

    In this workshop, we will examine agreements from different publishers and discuss factors to consider before signing...

  • The Quad - Recorded Music at Public Events

    March 27, 2017

    Copyright Blog Post #5 - "Pay to Play: Recorded Music at Public Events"

  • Open Education Week 2017

    March 13, 2017

    In support of the global Open Education Week 2017 (March 27-31) a one hour panel discussion will be hosted at the University of Alberta (Thursday, March 30, 12:30-1:30pm)....

  • Copyright Review of Course Materials - Spring-Summer 2017

    March 10, 2017

    Course Instructors are reminded to submit their Spring/Summer 2017 Course Materials for copyright review as soon as possible....

  • Fair Dealing Week Presentations

    February 27, 2017

    The presentations from the three Fair Dealing Week events at the University of Alberta last week are now available....

  • Use of Copyright Materials Procedure (UAPPOL)

    February 14, 2017

    While the Copyright Office has had practices in place for many years to provide guidance around the use of copyright materials for instructional, research and administrative purposes, until now there has been no formal procedure. Effectively, this new procedure is recent practice being formalized.

  • The Quad - Fair Dealing

    February 13, 2017

    Copyright Blog Post #4 - "The Importance of Fair Dealing"

  • The Quad - Notice and Notice

    January 23, 2017

    Copyright Blog Post #3 - "Avoid rude awakenings: a primer on the Notice and Notice regime"

  • Fair Dealing Week 2017 - February 20-24

    January 11, 2017

    Fair Dealing is an important right for all Canadians. Join us at the following events to learn about and discuss how fair dealing affects you....

  • The Quad - Moral Rights

    December 14, 2016

    Copyright Blog Post #2 - "Consider This: Moral Rights, Wrapped in a Holiday Ribbon"

  • The Quad - Copyright Overview

    November 28, 2016

    Copyright Blog Post #1 - "A Brief Overview of Copyright: 5 Key Concepts"

  • Copyright Workshops - Understanding Publisher Agreements - December 14 and 15

    November 08, 2016

    In this workshop, we will examine agreements from different publishers and discuss factors to consider before signing....

  • Open Access Week 2016 - October 24-30

    October 24, 2016

    Please see the links below for some information on Open Access Week 2016....

  • Copyright Review of Course Materials - Winter 2017

    October 19, 2016

    Course Instructors are reminded to submit their Winter 2017 Course Materials for copyright review as soon as possible....

  • Guide for Student Groups - Showing Movies on Campus

    October 07, 2016

    A new guide for student groups that addresses copyright considerations around showing movies on campus is available below....

  • Updated Guidelines for the Use of Images

    October 06, 2016

    An update to the University of Alberta Guidelines for the use of images is available....

  • Copyright in the Classroom

    September 26, 2016

    Below are two new "Copyright in the Classroom" information resources for Instructors....

  • University Affairs article - Copyright Back in Spotlight

    September 22, 2016

    University Affairs has posted an article about current issues in copyright that could impact Canadian universities....

  • Updated Resources for Grad Students

    September 19, 2016

    In anticipation of the upcoming thesis deadline for Fall 2016 (September 30), below are two updated copyright information resources that are focused on graduate students....

  • CBC News Story - Notice and Notice Regime

    September 16, 2016

    A news item was recently posted on the CBC News website entitled "University of Manitoba students receive extortion letters over illegal downloads"....

  • Canadian Association of Research Libraries - Statement on Fair Dealing

    September 06, 2016

    The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) released a statement today on the use and impact of fair dealing in the context of post-secondary education....

  • Week of Welcome - September 2016

    September 01, 2016

    The Copyright Office has a booth at the Week of Welcome this year....

  • Appointment of Copyright Permissions Assistant

    August 01, 2016

    The Copyright Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Kimberley Kemmer to the position of Copyright Permissions Assistant....

  • Copyright Review of Course Materials - Fall 2016

    June 16, 2016

    Course Instructors are reminded to submit their Fall 2016 Course Materials for copyright review as soon as possible....

  • Festival of Teaching 2016

    May 06, 2016

    Copyright Librarian Amanda Wakaruk gave a presentation entitled "Copyright and instructional materials: When do you need to seek permission?"....

  • World Intellectual Property Day

    April 26, 2016

    Every April 26 there is a celebration of World Intellectual Property Day to encourage learning about the role that intellectual property rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity....

  • Copyright Review of Course Materials - Spring-Summer 2016

    March 16, 2016

    Course Instructors are reminded to submit their Spring/Summer 2016 Course Materials for copyright review as soon as possible....

  • Open Education Week 2016 - March 7-11

    March 07, 2016

    Open Education Week's goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now....