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Guide to Canadian Copyright and ECU policies on Copyright


Welcome to the Emily Cary University of Art + Design Copyright Guide. This guide will help you understand copyright as it applies to the Canadian post-secondary context in general, and Emily Carr University in particular. It will also outline Emily Carr University's copyright guidelines and procedures.

A digital drawing with a pale green background with purple text reads "Copyright: ethically sharing work in a post-secondary context." It shows an image of a house on a field, and below it two black arrows point to two smaller versions of the same image. A digital drawing with a pale green green background and purple tent reads "Almost any kind of work can be protected under copyright law: text, music, video, images." Under each word listed, there are respective images of a book, a CD, a VHS tape, and a house on a grassy field. A digital image on pale green background with purple text reads "Use this guide to learn more about copyright law and resources. Questions? Reach out to ECU Librarian, Susan! Details on the left side of the webpage." At the centre of the image, there is a yellow and blue copyright symbol.

Images by Keimi Nakashima-Ochoa, CC BY-NC-SA

Introduction to Copyright

Copyright law protects a variety of creations, including books, computer programs, letters, maps, models, sculptures, music and film.  It gives copyright owners - usually authors or publishers - the sole right to copy or to authorize someone else to copy their works. It is essential that you are aware of copyright as it applies to teaching and research at Emily Carr University.

Fair dealing balances the rights of copyright owners with the needs of users, such as students and researchers, who require access to copyrighted material for the purposes of research, private study, education, satire, parody, criticism, review or news reporting.

In addition to fair dealing and library licensed resources, you may also use resources that are open access, in the public domain, or licensed under Creative Commons.

Formats covered by copyright include:

  • literary works such as books, pamphlets, computer programs and other works consisting of text, including content from websites
  • dramatic works such as motion picture films, plays, screenplays and scripts
  • musical works such as compositions with or without words
  • artistic works such as paintings, drawings, maps, photographs, sculptures and plans

Selected Copyright Resources       604-844-3840        520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC