University of Alberta - Copyright Information, Resources, and Guidelines

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Copyright Review of Course Materials - Winter 2016 - effective October 16, 2015

Course Instructors are reminded to submit their Winter 2016 Course Materials for copyright review as soon as possible. Please note that the process has NOT changed from recent terms, however, given that there may be more materials that now require separate licenses or permissions, please provide as much lead time as possible when submitting your Copyright Review Forms (we recommend 6-8 weeks). Additional details are available on this website.

Copyright Review FAQs
University of Alberta Fair Dealing Guidelines
Copyright Review Form
Copying and Distributing Course Materials

The University of Alberta and Access Copyright - effective September 30, 2015

The University of Alberta announced today that it will not be extending its current licence agreement with Access Copyright. This agreement will expire on December 31, 2015.

Communication to U of A Community
Letter to Access Copyright
U of A - Access Copyright FAQs

Appointment of Copyright Librarian
- effective August 1, 2015

The Copyright Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Wakaruk to the position of Copyright Librarian, Learning Services.

Amanda holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta and Master of Environmental Studies from York University. She has been the Government Information Librarian with the University of Alberta Libraries since 2009, most recently acting as Digital Repository Services Librarian. Amanda has recognized expertise in legislative process and policy research and a broad base of interdisciplinary knowledge and interest in scholarly communication and digital preservation, as well as copyright and intellectual property. She brings to her new role specialized outreach and instruction services to researchers and students and knowledge of communities across the university campus. Her work with collaborative networks for digital preservation both locally and nationally is well known.

Appointment of Director, Copyright Office
- effective April 13, 2015

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Adrian Sheppard as Learning Services' new Director, Copyright Office.

Adrian joins the University of Alberta from his position as Director, Operations for the Graphics, Animation and New Media ("GRAND") Network of Centres of Excellence. His earlier experience as a research contracts officer with the Office of Research Services at Simon Fraser University has also prepared him well for the broad range of copyright issues arising from contemporary research, teaching, and learning practice. Adrian holds degrees from the Universities of Calgary and Victoria, including a Bachelor of Laws
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What is included under the various categories of copyright-protected works?

The categories of copyright-protected works include: "literary", "artistic", "dramatic" or "musical". Since the meaning of these categories may not always coincide with the term's ordinary meaning, the following definitions from the Copyright Act will provide clarity.

A literary work includes tables, computer programs, and compilations of literary works. An artistic work includes paintings, drawings, maps, charts, plans, photographs, engravings, sculptures, works of artistic craftsmanship, architectural works, and compilations of artistic works. A dramatic work includes any piece for recitation, choreographic work or mime, the scenic arrangement or acting form which is fixed in writing or otherwise, any cinematographic work, and any compilation of dramatic works. Finally, a musical work means any work of music or musical composition, with or without words, and includes any compilation thereof.

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