Archive for the ‘copyright’ Category

Fair Dealing, Freedom to Read, and Open Education Weeks

March 8, 2018

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the library world raising awareness around a variety of issues near and dear to us. (more…)

Need Images for a Project or Class? These Ones are Free!

February 16, 2017

Did you know not every cute cat gif or perfectly relevant meme you find on the internet is free for you to use whenever you want? Technically someone owns the copyright to those images and might not want you to share their work without permission or sometimes even payment.


Creative Commons recently launched a prototype of its new search engine, CC Search, which which will assist you in finding images that are free for you to use without having to ask for permission or pay the creator. (more…)

When we say you can cite anything…we mean it!

October 3, 2016

If you’ve ever thought about using a source in your writing, but decided against it because you were unsure how you would cite it, don’t worry!

The Modern Language Association (MLA) recently updated its citation style guide, which has caused quite a stir in the academic community. In order to help demonstrate the changes and how they reflect some of the new types of resources researchers will cite in their work, EasyBib has decided to show us how easy it is to cite Pokemon GO using the new MLA standard. (more…)

Fair Dealing Week 2016

February 22, 2016

(by RDC Chief Librarian Kristine Plastow)

Fair Dealing Week (and Fair Use Week in the United States) 2016 is taking place February 22 – 26. Fair dealing is an exception under the Copyright Act which allows the use of copyrighted materials (in any format) without permission for the purposes of research, private study, parody, satire, criticism, review, news reporting, and, most importantly in our context, education. This exception allows for copying limited portions of a work, not outright copying of complete works. Please see our Copyright Guide for specifics around what is allowed.

Check out Fair Dealing Canada to learn more about fair dealing, see examples in action and read stories of how this exception is used in educational institutions across the country. You can also tell your story about how you use fair dealing in your work or studies.

To see what is happening in the United States around Fair Use (a similar exception under their copyright law), check out Fair Use Week.

Follow #fairuseweek2016 on Twitter.

Creative Commons

March 17, 2010

Looking for copyright-friendly media?

Check out the Creative Commons Search which “will help you find photos, music, text, books, educational material, and more that is free to share or build upon.”

Great for student assignments and teaching materials!

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.

They provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.


A library view of the proposed copyright legislation

June 24, 2008

The Government of Canada has recently announced bill C-61, amendments to the Copyright Act. The Canadian Library Association (CLA) has been monitoring bill C-61, and has expressed both disappointment and concern. Read CLA’s press releases from June 12 and June 18 to find out why libraries are concerned with this proposed legislation.

For an overview of the many issues surrounding copyright and bill C-61, have a look at Michael Geist’s blog. Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, is a recognized expert on the Internet and law.

Google vs. Viacom

May 1, 2007

It seems Viacom is a bit miffed with Google … check out this CBC article and find out why.