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Copyright at TWU - DRAFT POLICY: What & How Much?

Canadian copyright for academics at TWU

What & How Much?

What May I Copy, How Much, and What May I Do With It?

At TWU, what may be copied, how much, and what may be done with it is determined according to the following:

  1. The Canadian Copyright Act C-42, in particular the section on Fair Dealing. Closely related are cases decided by the Supreme Court of Canada in which they clarify fair dealing. See the Fair Dealing page for detailed information.
  2. The licences the library signs with the providers of our electronic databases.
  3. The agreement TWU signed with Access Copyright.

The Fair Dealing Policy defines a short excerpt as follows:

4. A short excerpt means:

  1. up to 10% of a copyright-protected work (including a literary work, musical score, sound recording, and an audiovisual work)
  2. one chapter from a book
  3. a single article from a periodical
  4. an entire artistic work (including a painting, print, photograph, diagram, drawing, map, chart, and plan) from a copyright-protected work containing other artistic works
  5. an entire newspaper article or page
  6. an entire single poem or musical score from a copyright-protected work containing other poems or musical scores
  7. an entire entry from an encyclopedia, annotated bibliography, dictionary or similar reference work provided that in each case, no more of the work is copied than is required in order to achieve the allowable purpose.

When considering copying or communicating a short excerpt under the Fair Dealing Policy, the most advantageous of sections 4(a) through (g) may be selected. For example, if one chapter of a book is more than 10% of the book, the one chapter may be copied under the Fair Dealing Policy. If more than one figure is selected for copying, the number of figures selected that may be copied under the Fair Dealing Policy cannot exceed 10% of the book. For example, if a book is 200 pages long, up to 20 pages may be copied under the Fair Dealing Policy. 

For more information, see the full Fair Dealing page, or contact Darcy Gullacher.

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