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Notice and Notice Regime
- effective January 2, 2015

With the passage of the Copyright Modernization Act in 2012, a Notice and Notice regime was introduced into Canadian law. This regime entered into force on January 2, 2015, and as an internet intermediary, the University of Alberta is subject to compliance with this new more.

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Week of March 23, 2015

Copyright Assignment vs. Licensing

When publishing, you may be asked to transfer or assign your copyright to the publisher, or you may be asked to grant a licence that allows the publisher to use your work under set terms. The type of agreement you sign is significant as it determines whether you are free to use your work in future or whether you need to ask the publisher for permission. This distinction is of particular importance to graduate students who wish to incorporate their published research into a thesis or dissertation.

When granting a licence, check whether you are granting permission on an "exclusive" or "non-exclusive" basis. If a licence is exclusive this means you cannot licence further use of the work to others, whereas a non-exclusive licence has no such limitations.

Assignments, transfers, and exclusive licences must all be in writing to be valid; verbal authorization is sufficient when granting permission on a non-exclusive basis.

Week of March 16, 2015

Licence Terms for e-Journals now Online

Licence information on how e-journals may be used and shared is now available online. From the UA Libraries homepage, click the "Journal" tab and search for the title of the e-Journal or title of the article you wish to copy and share. The search results will be displayed on the "Get-It" screen; beneath each access option you will see a summary of permitted uses (hint: click each icon for more information). Notice that where one option may allow a particular activity another may not. Ensure you download and share the appropriately licensed version as the "terms of use" are often displayed on the copy you download and share.

Week of March 9, 2015

Link to UA Libraries e-Collection

Resources available in the UA Libraries digital e-holdings (i.e. online journals, e-books, databases, newspapers, image collections, etc.) are acquired under licence or subscription and the terms of these agreements govern use. While some agreements allow copying and sharing, many do not. Avoid restrictions by providing other CCID holders with a persistent (static) link to the original source. Instructions on how to create a persistent link are available here.

Week of March 2, 2015

Think Link

As an alternative to copying and sharing material available online, consider providing others with hyperlinks to the original source. Why? Sharing a link does not create an additional copy and if there is no copy made, there is no copyright issue.

The information on this site will be revised as best practices and standards continue to develop in the educational context. Please check back regularly for updates.

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