It is important that faculty, staff, and students of Centennial College respect Canadian copyright law. This guide will help you understand the basics of copyright and point you to further resources about the use of copyright-protected works.
In addition to this informational guide, we offer one-on-one consultations, drop-in sessions, classroom sessions and more.
Despite its importance, copyright is often a misunderstood concept. What exactly is copyright?
Copyright is a legal concept that protects a person's economic and moral rights to any literary, dramatic, musical, or artistic works they create. Only copyright holders can reproduce, distribute, and share these works with others, or permit others to do so.
In other words, copyright is the right to copy.
Copyright Decision Tree
The Copyright Decision Tree provides steps to determine whether you can use a copyright protected work in the way you would like to, both for teaching and for other purposes. Use this in conjunction with other information on this website.
Find more downloadable resources from the copyright team: Resources & Downloads.
Copyright assigns two types of rights to copyright holders:
Note: The information obtained from or through this website is provided as guidelines for using works for educational purposes and is not intended to constitute legal advice. The Copyright Services Librarian is not a lawyer or legal expert in copyright law and is able to provide a professional and not a legal opinion. A professional opinion is offered for information purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice.