Copyright and you: New requirements start Sept. 1

York University’s agreement with Access Copyright will end on Aug. 31, 2011. For years, the University paid an annual per student fee to the copyright collective that licenses photocopying and the creation of print course kits.

York University, along with many other Canadian colleges and universities, will manage its own copyright permissions after Aug. 31. In order to copy published materials, specific permission or a licence from the copyright owner is required or, faculty, staff and students may copy or post in compliance with York University’s Fair Dealing Guidelines.

To assist University community members with their understanding of the fair dealing guidelines, the Copyright and You website offers a comprehensive resource for University community members to help them understand their roles and responsibilities and how the fair dealing guidelines work with respect to copyright requirements.

The new website contains detailed information and FAQs on how this change will affect everything from class handouts and course websites to research at York University.

To assist with understanding of the new copyright requirements, new posters in computer labs, classrooms and libraries will highlight the changes. University community members can download a copy for their office from the Copyright and You website. As well, a series of information sessions will roll out during the coming months to help faculty, staff and students learn more about the new fair dealing guidelines and the Canadian Copyright Act.

For more information about the new guidelines or to set up an information session tailored to the needs of your area, contact Patricia Lynch, copyright officer, at