What the new Copyright Act means to you

On November 7th, 2012 a series of amendments to copyright law came into force to allow educators, students and libraries to make greater use of copyrighted digital materials and better address the challenges and opportunities of the internet (1)

Here are a series of FAQ—frequently asked questions—that outline some of the changes.

1)      Can I forward an article to classmates or colleagues from a journal found at SMH?

You can forward articles to persons affiliated with SMH. The library and by extension the hospital is bound by a licensing agreement with publishers that forbid us to share materials with people not employed by, or studying at St Michael’s Hospital.

2)      If I request an article from another library, can that article be sent to me electronically?

Yes, but for your use only.  Copyright law demands that you print the article and delete it within 5 days. You may not forward this electronic copy, or save it on a computer.

3)      Can I print more than one copy of an article and distribute it to a class?

Fair Dealing allows recognized educational institutions to distribute paper copies of copyrighted material. Neither instructors nor students are allowed to forward electronic copies of published articles unless they are clearly marked as open access.

4)      I want to use a photograph which I got off the internet for a handout or pamphlet, is this allowed

Photographs are the property of the photographer and you will have to ask for his/her permission. Photographs are protected for 50 years after the death of the photographer, plus the remainder of the calendar year in which the photographer died. See (S 59(3) and [s6]) of the Copyright Act.

5)      Can I reproduce a graph or a photograph from an article for a presentation to a class or a conference?

As long as the presentation is for educational or research purposes, it is not an infringement of copyright to reproduce a graph or photograph from a published article.

(1)    Copyright Jean Dryden 2012

Written by Marina Simms, Library Technician

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