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COPYRIGHT: Introduction

The guide provides information to faculty and students on Canadian copyright and how it pertains to instruction and learning at the College.



Copyright Info Online

Copyright during COVID-19

The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) has released these publications to help teachers assess whether they may copy and use resources by applying the tenets of fair dealing


The use of copyrighted materials in Canada is governed by the Copyright Act. In addition, the College has adopted the Fair Dealing Guidelines from Colleges and Institutes of Canada (CICan), and has set forth policy which outlines the responsibilities of all employees and students in the use of copyright protected materials.


To ensure copyright compliance in the use and copying of copyrighted materials at Vancouver Community College, employees and students will need to determine if they are permitted to use the copyrighted work as they would like to. Consult the FAQ tab for specific questions.

1. VCC Copyright Policy and Procedures

2.  Fair Dealing Guidelines (Colleges and Institutes Canada)

3. Copyright Act (RSC, 1985, c C-42)

4. Licensed Databases and e-Resources - Check "terms of use" from within each database.

When the use of copyrighted works is not permissible under the above, permission to use the material must be sought from the copyright holder. To initiate a copyright clearance request, consult with Virginia Adams, Coordinator Copyright & Scholarly Communications.


The VCC Library Copyright resource guide was developed from the Waterloo Copyright FAQ, Capilano University Library Copyright Guide, and the SFU Copyright Website.

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Coordinator, Copyright & Scholarly Comm.

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Virginia Adams
Broadway Library, room #3077
(located in the Quiet Study area)

Student consultations
by appointment
604.871.7000 ext. 7343

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