The Copyright Act makes several exceptions to allow for the use of copyright-protected works in an educational setting. Unless otherwise set out in a license agreement, the rules for using copyright-protected materials at Mohawk College are as follows:

  1. All Mohawk faculty and staff members may communicate and reproduce short excerpts from a copyright-protected work for the purposes of  research and education. Permitted uses are generally the same for online and in-person teaching. 
  2. Copies provided in a classroom setting are generally acceptable to share online as long as access is limited to students enrolled in the course (MyCanvas) 
  3. Copying or communicating multiple short excerpts or the majority of a copyright-protected work is prohibited
  4. Click here to email Librarian Meg Tyrell for assistance regarding the copying of content that exceeds Fair Dealing or License agreements.  An evaluation of whether the proposed copying or communication is permitted will be made based on all relevant circumstances. 
  5. When using a work, review the Access Copyright repertoire, please note the parameters of copying or sharing the content.

Lecture slides can be posted to MyCanvas.  Content provided by publishers can usually be embedded into course slides, but it is recommended that the publisher's Terms of Use are reviewed.

If third-party resources are incorporated into course content, it must align with Fair Dealing/ License Agreements/ Terms of Use or Access Copyright.  Please email Librarian Meg Tyrell for more information

When selecting course readings, faculty have several options in terms of determining what can be shared:

  • Refer to the Copyright Act to determine Fair Dealing
  • Link to Licensed Library Content
  • Use Open Educational Resources
  • Consult with your Faculty Liaison Librarian to located alternative resources

Sharing audiovisual content, such as films and audio files, is complicated in terms of copyright. Faculty can directly link to legally posted content (i.e. from YouTube) or link to videos available through Mohawk College Library.

Commercial streaming platforms such as Crave, Disney Plus and Netflix are licensed for individual/ personal use.