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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 Canadian 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 policies and procedures.


This guide is intended to assist faculty, staff, and students in the proper use of resources that are protected under copyright law in Canada.

This guide does not provide legal advice which should be sought from a lawyer.

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 licensed resources you also have permission through other means including the Creative Commons (alternative licenses applied to multimedia content on the internet), content in the Public Domain (not owned or controlled by anyone) and open access publishing (free online access to scholarly material).

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

Copyright Resources

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