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In 2013 Access Copyright launched a lawsuit against York University. Recently, the Federal Court issued its decision in the first phase of that litigation which can be read here,  York University will appeal the decision to the Federal Court of Appeal in advance of the October 02, 2017 deadline.

As a reminder, course materials for use by students at York University must be used in a copyright-compliant manner. Many journal articles and other materials can be used without additional cost to students because the University has already paid for a license to use them, they are in the public domain, the copyright holder has given permission to use them, or they are within the scope of fair dealing.  However, some uses of course materials require payment of copyright fees.

Instructors are urged to utilize the services of the Copyright Support Office for their Fall 2017 course materials. Before course content is posted to the Moodle site for courses you are teaching, ensure that it is copyright compliant by requesting the Copyright Support staff review the materials. Simply email the bibliographic information for each selection you would like to include to Staff will:

  • Create permanent links to Library content;
  • Determine if selections fall within fair dealing;
  • Scan materials that can be uploaded to your Moodle site; and
  • Provide guidance on your choice of materials throughout the course.

Instructors wishing to create course kits as either an up-to-date supplement to other course material or as the primary resource for students are urged to contact the Course Kit Centre at for more information. There are also local copy shops that provide comprehensive copyright clearance services. No copy shop should be used without confirming they will provide comprehensive copyright clearance services.

We will continue to hold information sessions over the coming months to assist members of the York University community. Dates for upcoming sessions as well as helpful resources can be found on the copyright website at

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Copyright Support Office at