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Copyright at MHC

Classroom Materials

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Faculty Created Works

MHC faculty created materials can be freely copied for classroom use. The College maintains a license for the reuse of content developed by faculty throughout the term of their employment, See MHC's Intellectual Property Policy for more information. If using another faculty members work, remember to cite them appropriately.

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Links to Legal Content

You may link to as much content as you like. Please, ensure the links you provide lead to legal content.

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Insubstantial Amounts of Content

Copyright does not apply to insubstantial amounts of work. This is why you don't need to get copyright permission for the sources you include in an academic paper. You may use small amounts of other peoples work without permission. See the section on Substantiality for more information.

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Library Licensed Materials

Print copies of Library licensed materials are most often allowed. It's recommended to print directly from the library website.

Online, it's recommended to provide a permalink to library content so your students or classmates can find the content directly from the Library website. See the How-to section for instructions on creating a permalink. 

 

Content in the Public Domain

Anything in the public domain can be used however you like. 

In Canada, the public domain includes any work whose author has died and 50 years have past. See the Public Domain page for more information. 

 

 

Content with an Open License

The Creative Commons, although not the only open licenses that you will see, are the most predominant. The cc logo notifies you that the creator of the work has chosen to share it. Read the license closely as there are six different licenses that prescribe the way you can use the content. See the Beyond Copyright page for more information about Creative Commons.

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Content Copied Under a Copyright Exception

The Copyright Act contains a number of exceptions that allow for the copying of works. See the next tab, Use Based on Exceptions for more details.

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Textbook Resources from the Publisher

Textbook publishers often provide extra resources for those faculty who are using their textbook as a required text in their course. You may use this content in the way that the publisher intended, if you are unsure if they would allow a specific use please contact your publisher rep and get written (email) permission. Remember, you will most likely not be allowed to use this content if you adopt a different text in future iterations of your course. 


Image Sources: 

Faculty Member by ProSymbols from the the Noun Project licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Link by Ricki Tri Putra from the Noun Project  licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

About by Yaroslav Samoylov from the Noun Project  licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Library by Icon Factory from the Noun Project  licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Justice by priyanka from the Noun Project  licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Geographical by Nithinan Tatah from the Noun Project  licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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Works on the Internet

You can use anything on the internet as long as you cite it appropriately, there is no clearly visible notice prohibiting use, and there are no TPM's restricting use.

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Movies, Sound Recordings, Live TV, or Plays

You may perform or play a movie, sound recording, live tv, or a play in class as long as the audience will be made up primarily of students.

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Mash-Ups 

You may use portions of someone else's work to create something new as long as you are using a legal copy, citing it appropriately, and using it solely for non-commercial purposes.

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News and Commentary

You may record a news program or news commentary program for use in class. This exception excludes documentaries.

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Course Packs

You can make a compilation of other people's work and sell it in the bookstore. See the section on Course Packs for more information.

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Recording a Lesson

You may record your lesson for the purpose of telecommunication. Students may also make their own recording, however, their recording must be destroyed within 30 days after the final exam.

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Shifting Formats

You may reproduce a work in an alternate format in order to display it for your class as long as there is no commercial option in the preferred format available.

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Fair Dealing

When copying with the intent of using the Fair Dealing exception a longer analysis is required see the Fair Dealing section. 

Most often, the following copies are allowed under Fair Dealing:

  • One article of a journal,
  • One chapter of a book,
  • An entire newspaper article,
  • One short story, play, poem, essay, musical score from a book containing similar works,
  • Or, an entire artistic work (painting, photo, drawing, diagram, etc.)

 

 

 
 
 

 


Image Sources: 

Internet by Vectors Market from the the Noun Project licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Film by Sandhi Priyasmoro from the the Noun Project licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Edit by LINECTOR from the the Noun Project licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

News by Kristin McPeak from the the Noun Project licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Notebook by Stanislav Levin from the the Noun Project licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Video Camera by Larea from the the Noun Project licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Scanner by Hussain Khalil from the the Noun Project licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Scale by Fahmihorizon from the the Noun Project licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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Substantial Amounts of Content

Any time you want to use a large amount of someone else's work it's best to get permission. 

 

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Content that does not fall under an Exception

Anything that does not fit into one of the sections listed on the previous tabs, Use Without Permission and Use Based on Exceptions, requires permission to copy. 

 

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Student Works

MHC's Intellectual Property Policy states that students own all IP in their works. Always get permission if you intend to use student work for a purpose other than grading. 

 

See the Permissions page to learn more about how to seek permission and what assistance is available to you. 


Image Sources: 

Stack of papers by Krista Quiroga from the the Noun Project licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Check file by allex from the Noun Project from the the Noun Project licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Students by Timo Schmid from the the Noun Project licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Here are a few copyright friendly sources that you can use in your projects. Most of these sites either allow you to use their works without attribution or are licensed under a Creative Commons license.  

Images

Pexels

Pixabay

Tineye to search the source of images you are already using.

The Noun Project

Music

Free Music Archive

digccMixter

YouTube Audio Library for music in YouTube videos only

Video

Vimeo Creative Commons

Pixabay Videos

Open Making

Thingiverse

CIRCUTMAKER

Data

Canada Open Data

Google Dataset Search

Software

GitHub

Source Forge

 

Do you need further assistance finding copyright friendly content for your course or assignment? Contact the Copyright Specialist.

Quick Guide

Copyright for the Digital Classroom

A Quick Guide


MHC’s Copyright Compliance policy applies to classes taught in person and online equally. However, the use of materials online is nuanced in comparison to the physical classroom. Use this guide as a starting point when thinking about moving your course content online. 


 


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