Copyright Status Options for Materials Uploaded to Moodle

Copyright Status Options for Materials Uploaded to York Moodle Courses

Before you upload course materials to Moodle you must indicate the copyright status of each item. Each of the copyright options is explained in greater detail below. If you require additional information or assistance contact the Copyright Office at

I hold the copyright to this material
You are the author of this material and have not transferred the rights to a publisher or any other person (e.g. course outlines, lecture notes or slides, articles that you have published and still retain the rights to use for teaching purposes, etc.).

Use is covered under a York University Libraries' Licence
Select this copyright status if you are uploading eResources available through York Libraries. Before you upload the item check the terms of use for that resource. Information on how to access the licence terms of use for an eResource can be found here:
Some licences only allow links to the content and instructions on how to create a link to the item can be found

Material can be uploaded under York' s Fair Dealing Guidelines
This status should be selected if your use is fair dealing in accordance with the University's Fair Dealing Guidelines.
Review the Fair Dealing Guidelines at

The Fair Dealing Guides, including the Application of the Fair Dealing Policy for Universities to Learning Management Systems, should be reviewed here:

Use of the material is covered by a licence from the copyright holder or with their permission
Select this option if the copyright holder has either given you permission, licensed the material to you or allows this use under a general Open Access or Creative Commons licence.
Note: Always keep a copy of the permission or licence (in paper or electronic form). Any limitations on use set out by the rights holder must be respected. For information on how to obtain permission for copyright-protected materials contact the Copyright Support staff at

Material is in the public domain
An item is in the public domain if the copyright owner has forfeited copyright in the work to the public or the term of copyright has expired.

On November 23, 2022 the Government of Canada announced that an Order in Council was signed to bring into force the amendments to the Copyright Act that were included in the Budget Implementation Act, 2022, No. 1 (Bill C-19).

Bill C-19 extends the general term of copyright protection in Canada from 50 to 70 years after the life of the author. The change takes effect on December 30, 2022, and the term extension will not apply to works that are already in the public domain. The copyright term extension to life plus 70 years was one of Canada’s obligations under the Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement and brings its term of copyright protection in line with most of its major trading partners.

More information and exceptions to this rule can be found

Student Work Returned - with comments
Choose this option if the content uploaded contains student work (papers, tests, assignments, etc.) with comments from the instructor or TA

Choose this option if the content uploaded contains short extracts from multiple rights holders or it does not fall within any of the other copyright status options - describe the details of the materials in the Additional Comments/Explanation text box provided