Notice to Faculty & Staff on Course Packs

As you have been advised, York University’s licence with Access Copyright to make copies of published materials ended on August 31, 2011. Since that time the necessary steps have been taken to implement the Fair Dealing Guidelines and transition to a copying regime outside of the licence, but within the ambit of the Copyright Act.

It has come to our attention that on January 19, 2012, Access Copyright confiscated unlawfully photocopied course packs from a printing and copying shop located near our Keele campus.

York University faculty members and staff are reminded that York’s policies require all course packs to be legally copied, and we remind you that services are available to assist in the production of course materials.

York ‘s Copyright Clearance Centre provides a convenient service for assembling course packs and selling them in the York University Bookstore. For more information on the production of course packs, including submission dates, contact the Copyright Clearance Centre at 416-736-2100 ext. 40049 or

There are also third-party vendors who provide comprehensive copyright clearance services and who can confirm full compliance with all copyright legislation for material submitted. If the university’s service is unable to produce course kits these third party vendors may be used.  It is contrary to the law and to university policy to make copies or produce course packs outside of the legal regime.

One local vendor that provides these comprehensive services is Northview Print & Copy Inc. located at 2700 Steeles Avenue West. Contact them at Tel: 905-738-5353 or A list of additional Toronto copy shops with a licence to copy course packs can be found here.

For further information on alternatives to course packs and for answers to frequently asked questions on copyright issues, please see the “Copyright and You” website at or contact