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Faculty: Links for Blackboard & Coursepacks

Specialized services for Loyalist College Faculty.

Copyright : For more information

For more information about Copyright, please see our Copyright Research Guide to contact Vanessa Lee.

Copyright : The Basics

Copyright - Copyright in Canada is governed by the Copyright Act (R.S.C. 1985, c. C-42). The Act regulates the use and reproduction of intellectual and artistic creations. Copyright protects works from being copied, performed, or distributed without the express permission of the copyright holder. 

Copyright automatically applies to original works, such as books, videos, music, paintings, photographs, digital works, broadcasts, and performances. Copyright does not apply to facts or ideas that are not fixed (produced onto any type of media). Permission must be granted and royalties may need to be paid in order to reproduce copyrighted material. Permission must be requested for each use, unless specifically stated otherwise. 

Public Domain - Works become part of the public domain when their copyright expires or is relinquished. Currently, copyright expires 50 years after the death of the creator. Items in the public domain can be copied, distributed, adapted, and performed without the need to ask for permission or pay royalties. 

Fair Dealing - Fair Dealing is a provision in the Copyright Act that is an exception to copyright infringement. Fair Dealing allows copying for specific uses, so long as the copying is fair. Fair is not defined in the Copyright Act, but has been interpreted by the court of law. Loyalist College abides by the Association of Community Colleges of Canada's (ACCC) definition of fair amounts of copying. 

Copyright and Course packs

Course packs must be sent to the library for approval prior to being sent to Xerox for copying. The Copyright Technician will determine if each item in the course pack adheres to the Fair Dealing guidelines.  

When preparing the course pack please include:

-A completed course pack requisition signed by the dean
-A citation for each article
-Previously approved material containing a copyright label

Digital course packs are essentially the same as printed course packs, but are posted to Blackboard Learning Management Software. Digital course packs must also be sent to the library for approval. The Copyright Technician will determine if each item in the course pack adheres to the  Fair Dealing guidelines.  Once fully approved the course pack will be returned to the sender who will be responsible for scanning and uploading the material to Blackboard. 

When preparing a digital course pack please include:

-A completed digital course pack requisition form signed by the dean
-A citation for each article
-Previously approved material containing a copyright label

Digital Locks

Digital locks can be found on a variety of electronic products, including: Audio CDs, digital music, ebooks, video games, and movies. Digital locks include password protected websites, encrypted websites or pay-per-view sites that restrict users from sharing content. 

Digital locks on any form of technology can not be broken, even for educational purposes. If you have an item that you'd like to share in the classroom that has a digital lock you will need to seek permission and possibly pay royalties. The Copyright Technician will be happy to assist you with any questions about digital locks.

Videos in Blackboard

Streaming videos may be linked to or embedded into Blackboard. However, the instructor must be able to confirm that the video was originally uploaded by the copyright holder. For example, a TedX video that was uploaded by the official TedX account is fine to use. However, a TedX video that was uploaded by a different company or a personal account is not to be used. Feel free to contact the Copyright Technician should you need help in determining the copyright holder. 

Videos from library databases may be embedded into Blackboard for ease of access for both students and professors. Simply find the streaming video file using the library's search screen and click on the link to the video. Each of the various streaming video databases will have a link to copy and paste into Blackboard. 

For example, on the CBC Curio database you must click on Share and the copy the link to embed the video. 

Caution must be exercised when showing YouTube videos in class. The instructor or student showing the video must be able to confirm that it is not an illegal upload of the video. Here are some clues for determining if the copyright holder uploaded the video:

  • Look at the username and YouTube channel name. Many companies and organizations will have official YouTube Channels that they post their content to. 
  • The description of the video may include information about the copyright owner. 
  • Do not show YouTube videos with descriptions that include messages such as copyright infringement not intended

Should you need help determining the uploader of the content, please contact the Copyright Technician.

*It is never copyright infringement to provide students with a link to an online item or source. 

Blackboard

Blackboard is a wonderful way to disseminate information to students and is treated in a similar way to the physical classroom environment. This part of the guide includes information about posting articles, videos, and links to your electronic classroom. 

Linking in Blackboard

Linking is the preferred method of disseminating information via Blackboard. You can almost always link to websites, articles, videos, etc. without seeking permission. However, it is best practice to only link to non-infringing content. 

Please contact Vanessa Lee with any questions or concerns about posting links to Blackboard. 

Readings & Resources

Digitization of Print Resources

The Library offers digitization services for physical items such as books or magazine articles to support your teaching. The item does not necessarily have to be from our library, so please drop off your copy to complete the digitization request.

According to our Fair Dealing Policy, the digitization of textbooks is permissible. However, the limit is up to a maximum of 5% of the total number of pages or one complete chapter (whichever is lesser). This restriction is per textbook title that is aimed at the post-secondary market.   If there has been an earlier request made for the same title, for another course, your request will be declined.  The alternative is to use another textbook title.  You can request the digitization of multiple titles if it’s within the per book guidelines.

Please submit your request by filling in the following form and emailing to Vanessa Lee. Digitization requests can take up to 3 business days to process.

Item #1

Name:

Course Name:

Email:

Title:

Year of Publication/edition:

Author:

Any Special Instructions:

 

Item #2

Name:

Course Name:

Email:

Title:

Author:

Any Special Instructions:

Item #3

Name:

Course Name:

Email:

Title:

Author:

Any Special Instructions:

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Get in touch with the library and let us know!

We can be reached by phone at 613-969-1913, Ext. 2249, or by email at library@loyalistcollege.com