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How copyright affects research and online activities
Most research activities should be covered by the fair dealing exception. This exception provides that you can use a work for research or private study purposes, provided your use is a ‘fair dealing’. To make sure your use of the work is considered fair, you should try to limit your use to only what is strictly necessary for your purposes. Sometimes a good guide to what is fair is to ask yourself whether you would be comfortable with someone else using your work in the same way. If you’re not sure, contact the Catalyst Centre for more information.
Generally, scanning material and posting it online is not permitted unless you have the copyright owner’s permission or are covered by one of the Act’s exceptions. It is not covered by the educational exemption. Therefore, unless you fall within the fair dealing exception, you should obtain the copyright owner’s consent. Contact the Library for assistance in determining what you can post online, and for obtaining permission when required.
If you want to use other people’s images or works, and your use doesn’t fall under the fair dealing exception, you will need to ask for their consent. Alternatively, if the material is simply being used for decoration or entertainment purposes, you may wish to consider using Creative Commons material. This is material such as art or music, which the copyright owner allows you to use for free, subject to certain terms and conditions.
No. You should be aware that under University policies, you cannot use any University trademarks on personal websites without the University’s consent. For more information about use of the University’s name and logo, read the University’s Graphics Standards Guide and contact the website management team listed in the guide.