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Virtual Lessons

If you have questions about copyright and virtual lessons, please contact James or Tessa. For additional help, please consult our Teaching with Zoom Q&A sheet. 

Copyright at Conestoga

Conestoga facilitates access to print, media, and electronic resources to support and enrich learning, teaching, and research in compliance with the following:

All copying, selling, or distribution of print (books, articles, periodicals), media, or electronic resources in which copyright subsists shall comply with the guidelines/limits provided in the documents above, as well as other relevant federal and provincial laws and/or regulations and all applicable College policies.

Conestoga respects the rights of copyright owners and shall not deliberately copy, sell, distribute, or use any print or electronic materials, without explicit permission from the copyright owner, or in compliance with one of the aforementioned guiding documents.

You may also find Guidelines for the Use of Copyrighted Material, compiled by Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), helpful in determining how you can utilize copyright-protected material.

Copyright Education

the phrases: "All rights reserved" and "Some rights reserved"Below are a list of the different copyright educational opportunities offered at Conestoga. Choose the one that best suits your learning style and schedule.

Copyright Literacy for Ontario College Employees

  • A self-directed online course on eConestoga, consisting of short videos and quizzes on copyright topics, such as the rights of the copyright owners and users of copyright material. 

Copyright Workshops

  • Workshops designed to expand your understanding of copyright, as well as highlight resources available from the Library. 

Individual Consultations

  • Do you need help understanding copyright or locating up-to-date resources for your course? Then set up a consultation with the Copyright Coordinator.


Recent Court Case

On July 12, 2017, a judgement was issued in the Access Copyright v. York University case. The Federal Court Judge ruled that:

  • An interim tariff established by the Copyright Board for the years 2011-2013 was mandatory.
  • The copying undertaken by York University during 2011-2013 did not fit within “fair dealing” as established by the Copyright Act.
  • Because York opted out of the tariff that has now been judged mandatory, and their copying did not fall within "fair dealing", the University is required to retroactively pay Access Copyright royalties for 2011-2013.
  • York’s Fair Dealing Guidelines “are not fair in either their terms or their application” (para. 14).

For more information on the case:

Copyright Blogs

Michael Geist

  • Michael Geist is a Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa and writes about legal issues related to technology on his blog and for the Toronto Star

Howard Knopf

  • Howard Knopf is lawyer specializing in copyright and is the Chairman of the Copyright Policy Committee of the Canadian Bar Association