Section 30.04 of the Copyright Act allows faculty, staff and students of an educational institution to save, download and share Publicly Available Material (PAM) from the Internet.
Publicly available Internet material
If you find a resource on the Internet that you want your students to read or watch outside of class, provide a hyperlink to the material. In 2011, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that hyperlinks “are, in essence, references…Hyperlinks and references both communicate that something exists, but do not, by themselves, communicate its content” (Crookes v. Newton, 2011, at paras 4-5).
Follow the guidelines below when providing hyperlinks to your students:
Licensing agreements between the College and the database vendors do not allow PDFs originating from article databases to be posted directly online or sent as an email attachment.
Instead, link to the article record in one of the Library's article databases for distribution to other licensed users (i.e. other current Conestoga students, faculty, and staff). Permanent URLs are normally provided by the database and instructors are permitted to post these links on password-protected course sites, such as eConestoga, allowing their students to easily link to the articles.