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Copyright Guidelines: Introduction

This guide provides information to Okanagan College employees and students regarding copyright, license agreements, and related topics, insofar as they relate to the use of copyright materials in education. This guide does not provide legal advice.

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For clarification of a specific copyright-related question or answers to questions not covered by this guide, please contact:

Okanagan College Copyright Officer:
Ross Tyner
Director of Library Services
Local 4665
 
Lindsay Willson
Public Services/Business Liaison Librarian
Local 4624
 
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Copyright: Introduction

Copyright, in its simplest form, is the right to copy. It is a set of exclusive rights granted by law to the author or creator of an original work, including the right to copy, distribute, and adapt the work. These rights give copyright holders control over the use of their work. Before the advent of digital media and the Internet, that right was relatively straightforward, in that it generally entailed the mechanical reproduction (e.g. by a photocopy machine) of a printed work. In today's digital environment, where information is ubiquitous and easily shared, the legal environment is much more complex. Along with the Canadian Copyright Act, educators now have to navigate a maze of license agreements (e.g. Access Copyright and licenses with individual publishers and distributors) to be sure of staying on the right side of the law. At the same time, a burgeoning movement toward open access research and resources licensed under Creative Commons presents educators with a growing universe of materials to use with their classes.

Attribution

The OC Library Copyright and Licensing guide was developed from the Waterloo Copyright FAQ (University of Waterloo) / CC BY-NC 2.5

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