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In 2012 the Supreme Court of Canada issued five decisions that relate to a range of copyright issues and many of the provisions of Bill C-11, The Copyright Modernization Act, came into effect. These events introduced changes that are far reaching for educational institutions.

York’s copyright website is being updated to reflect these developments. Our Fair Dealing Guidelines have been revised as a guide to copying permitted under the Copyright Act. Fair Dealing is an important exception to the right of copyright owners to control the reproduction of their works. This exception attempts to balance the rights of the copyright owner with the needs of others, who require access to copyrighted material to pursue their research and studies.

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) has developed a series of application documents, or Fair Dealing Guides, that provide guidance on the application of Fair Dealing to the various copying practices typically undertaken by university faculty and staff. These include Learning Management Systems (e.g. Moodle, Quickr), as well as for music, audiovisual materials, teaching, research, and administrative purposes. These practical guides can be found here.

Changes to Moodle

As of December 27, 2014 faculty members or support staff will be required to identify the basis on which they are able to post a copyright-protected work to Moodle by selecting from a range of drop down options (e.g. permission was obtained from the copyright holder, York University Libraries’ licensed content, public domain, fair dealing, etc.). For a guide to all the copyright status options visit:

York University Support

As instructors must comply with the Copyright Act, you are encouraged to utilize the services of the Copyright Support Office as you prepare your course materials. If you would like the content of a York LMS reviewed to ensure that it is copyright compliant, simply email the bibliographic information for each selection you would like to use to the Copyright Support Office at Staff will:

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

Information sessions will continue to be held over the coming months to assist faculty and staff. A list of upcoming dates can be found here.

For more information or assistance with your decisions in copying or posting, contact York University’s Copyright Support Office at