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Copyright Guidance for Online Courses

Pedagogical and technical issues may make the shift from in-person to online teaching a challenge but copyright concerns should not be a significant barrier!

Key points to remember:

  • Most of the legal issues are the same in both contexts (online and in class).
  • If it was okay to do in class, it is often okay to do online – especially when your online access is limited to the same enrolled students.
  • You can continue to apply the Fair Dealing Guidelines.

Getting Started - Quick TIps
Course Readings and Other Resources
Multimedia Viewing/Listing
Recording Video of Yourself, Live-casting, Lectures, etc.
Ownership of Online Course Materials


This resource is adapted for NWP from material provided by the University of Calgary and their Copyright Office, University of Minnesota document Copyright Services, Rapidly shifting your course from in-person to online. Unless otherwise noted, all content on the Copyright Information section of this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License. We would like to acknowledge some contribution of adaptation language from University of Toronto Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office and Ryerson University Library.