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Copyright Infringement

Review the definitions, examples and case studies below.

Copyright Infringement

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Copying work beyond what is allowed under Canadian Copyright law or as permitted by the copyright owner regardless of referencing.


  • Downloaded an infringed copy of a textbook or other resource from a website
  • Streamed an infringed copy of a video from a website
  • Photocopied or scanned a substantial part of or a complete copyright-protected textbook or other resource without permission
  • Sold another student an infringed electronic version of a required textbook or other resource
  • Used licensed material (e.g. material from the Library) in a way that was contrary to the license or user agreement
  • Copied beyond what is allowable as established in the Canadian Copyright Act

Case Study

Amad is registered for Introduction to Accounting.  The required textbook for the course costs $150 dollars.  Amad is not sure he can afford to buy the textbook. Amad’s classmate, Andy, bought the book and tells Amad that he can photocopy his purchased textbook. Andy says that since he owns the book, he can do anything he wants with it.  If Amad photocopies the complete textbook, he is breaking the author's copyright, which is considered an academic offence.