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Students’ Reuse of Teaching Materials from York Courses

Generally, instructors at York University own the intellectual property to the teaching materials they create. Examples of such materials would be lecture notes, their PowerPoint presentations, course syllabi and lectures. Students wishing to reuse this content must either request permission from the instructor or limit their use to one of the “user rights” set out in the Copyright Act. In most cases, uploading materials created by an instructor to sites such as Course Hero or OneClass would qualify as copyright infringement.

Third party copyrighted materials (such as book chapters, journal articles, music, videos, etc.) have either been licensed for use in this course or fall under an exception or limitation in Canadian Copyright law. Copying this content for distribution (e.g uploading that content to a commercial website) may lead to a violation of Copyright law.

Instructors should add to the following notice to their syllabi and LMS course pages for their students to review:

These course materials are designed for use as part of the (enter course code) course at York University and are the property of the instructor unless otherwise stated. Third party copyrighted materials (such as book chapters, journal articles, music, videos, etc.) have either been licensed for use in this course or fall under an exception or limitation in Canadian Copyright law.

Copying this material for distribution (e.g. uploading material to a commercial third-party website) may lead to a violation of Copyright law.