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Copyright at MHC

Course Readings and Resources

                              Course Readings and Resources                 


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Medicine Hat College Library can help with getting things online - linking to Libraries' licensed resources, finding e-books where available, and much more.  If you want to share additional materials with students yourself, as you revise instructional plans, or if you want students to share more resources with each other in an online discussion board, please keep in mind the guidelines below.


It's always easiest to link!

  • Linking to publicly available online content like news websites, existing online videos, etc. is rarely a copyright issue.
  • Be careful linking to material that may be infringing (Joe Schmoe's YouTube video of the entire "Avengers: Endgame" movie is probably not a good thing to link to).
  • Linking to most YouTube videos, especially ones that allow sharing and embedding, should be fine.
  • Linking to subscription content through the MHC Library is also a great option.  MHC subscribes to CBC Curio, Criterion on Demand, Films on Demand, Kanopy, and other educational video databases.  Please see the complete list here.  Much of the library's licensed content will have DOI's, PURL's, or other "permalink" or "persistent link" options, all of which should work even off-campus for users.


Sharing Copies and Scanning

  • At Medicine Hat College, faculty and instructors are encouraged to read and apply the MHC Fair Dealing Guidelines when they are making decisions about when they think they can make copies for students to post in Blackboard.  The Copyright Specialist is available to help faculty understand the relevant issues.
  • Some app tools that you can use to easily digitize fair dealing amounts of material from your phone to post to Blackboard are Genius Scan or Adobe Scan.  Please keep in mind that you can make any scanned PDF files more accessible for your students by using an online optical character recognition (OCR) online tool that can be used to convert "non-selectable" text files into machine-readable or recognized text.
  • If you need to make more copyrighted material available to students than the MHC Fair Dealing Guidelines allow, the library can help you acquire copyright permissions or a license to provide the material to students.  Please note the following about copyright permissions/licenses:
    • Copyright holders are under no obligation to provide permission or a license.
    • Copyright holders of written works often will not provide permission for the distribution of over 25% of a work.
    • It can take several weeks to obtain copyright permission or a license, so it may not be possible to acquire permission on a short timeline.  Generally, the earlier a copyright permission request can be made, the better.
  • An alternative way to find course materials is to look for open educational resources (OER), which need to be cited when used but are free of most copyright restrictions.  The MHC Library can help you with finding OER.
  • You can also search the MHC Library, which has a large collection of journals and ebooks that can support online learning.



                            This resource has been adapted for Canadian universities by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries from material prepared by the Copyright Office, University of Minnesota document Copyright Services, Rapidly shifting your course from in-person to online.  Unless otherwise noted, all content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.  We would like to acknowledge some contribution of adaptation language from the University of Toronto Scholarly Communications Copyright Office, Ryerson University, and the University of Saskatchewan.  Additional modifications were made by the MHC Copyright Office.