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Published on November 25 2015

November 16 - Copying without the Access Copyright licence
As you may know, Brock has opted out of its licence with Access Copyright, which ends on December 31, 2015. Please read the following to help ensure that we are in keeping with our legal obligations under the Copyright Act. 
What does opting out of Access Copyright mean for me? 
The key difference is that the Access Copyright licence allowed the copying of up to 20% of a work.  Brock’s Fair Dealing Policy allows the copying of up to 10%. 
Brock’s Fair Dealing Policy also allows the copying of one chapter from a book or one article from a journal, among other options, even if those amounts exceed 10% of the work. Please read the full policy here
What other rights do I have to make use of copyright-protected works for educational use? 
Brock University’s library has purchased many subscriptions for electronic resources that already include permission to make copies. If you’re using any of Brock’s electronic materials, check the licence terms here:, by searching the database for the journal you’re using, and clicking on this symbol - You may already have the right to make copies for course packs, handouts, or upload materials to Sakai when using Brock’s licensed resources.  
You also have many other educational rights under the Copyright Act besides fair dealing, including limited rights to: 
  • Make copies for display purposes.
  • Make copies for tests and exams.
  • Make copies from works publicly available on the Internet.
  • Show movies or television shows in the classroom.

These rights have limitations and restrictions that are detailed on Brock’s copyright website

What should I do to prepare for opting out? 
You can review your course syllabi (or library staff can do this for you – email, Sakai materials, and copying practices to ensure you are not relying on any material that falls outside the scope of legal copying, and seek more information if you are unsure about your current practices. 
You may also still use the Access Copyright licence 20% amount until the end of December. If you use print course packs that use more than 10% of a book or other copyright-protected works, please submit and have them printed before the end of this year.  
Why did Brock opt out the Access Copyright licence? 
Recent significant changes to the Copyright Act and a Supreme Court of Canada decision have greatly expanded the rights of educators in Canada to copy works for educational purposes without permission or payment. Like most universities across Canada, it was determined that the Access Copyright licence represents a poor value for the money, and is not in keeping with the users’ rights afforded to educators under the Copyright Act. 
Does opting out of Access Copyright affect my rights as a copyright owner in my own teaching and research materials? 
No, this decision does not change your ownership rights in any way. 
What do I do if I need to make copies outside of the 10% fair dealing limit? 
Please contact Jordan Snel, Brock’s Legal Advisor, Research and Copyright, ( / who can help you find the best way to proceed legally and safely. In some cases, you may need to identify an alternate resource or the Library can seek to purchase permission from a copyright owner in order to make copies. 
Brock’s library is in the process of implementing Ares, an electronic reserves and copyright management software that will assist us in quickly clearing copyright and allow you to share materials through Sakai. Please stay tuned for more information on this front. 
Where should I go for more information? 
Please visit Brock’s copyright website. You can also ask Brock’s Legal Advisor, Research and Copyright, Jordan Snel, anytime, if you have any legal or other questions about your rights and responsibilities relating to copyright. Additionally, Jordan can give a 20- to 30-minute copyright presentation for your department. 


October 8, 2015 - Brock opts out of Access Copyright licence 

Brock has become the latest Canadian university to announce it will terminate its licence agreement with Access Copyright, a copyright collective that provides licences to make copies from print and digital works such as books, magazines, newspapers and journals. Brock will not renew its current licence when it expires on Dec. 31, 2015.
The decision results from an emerging consensus among universities and colleges, copyright academics and elementary and secondary schools, that the Access Copyright licence is not necessary to meet the copying needs of teachers and researchers in Canada. This consensus began after major developments in Canadian copyright law in 2012 greatly expanded the “users’ rights” of students and educators to make copies for educational purposes, without needing permission or the payment of royalties. Numerous other institutions — including University of Toronto, UBC, Queen’s and York — have already opted out of their agreements with Access Copyright. For Brock, the final decision was made by Neil McCartney, Provost and Vice-President Academic, in consultation with Brock’s legal counsel, the University Library and other Brock stakeholders.  
Brock students currently pay for the licence agreement in the form of an ancillary fee, at an annual rate of $26 per full-time equivalent student, or $5.20 fee per credit. 
Brock staff, faculty and students are copyright owners and users of copyright-protected materials. The University will continue its commitment to copyright compliance, which is an ongoing legal duty and an integral component of academic integrity. Over the coming months, Brock will take additional steps to ensure staff and faculty are aware of their rights and responsibilities under the Copyright Act, and will offer support from legal counsel and library staff wherever needed.  
For more information: Jordan Snel, Legal Advisor, Research and Copyright, Brock University

February 22, 2013 - Brock adopts new Fair Dealing Policy

On February 14, 2013, Brock's Board of Trustees Financial Planning, Investment and Human Resources Committee approved a new Fair Dealing Policy. The new policy gives guidance to faculty and staff when copying and sharing copyright materials under the fair dealing exception in the Copyright Act and replaces a previous policy which had become outdated due to developments in case law and changes to legislation.

The policy, which has already been adopted by other universities, colleges and schools across Canada, is expected to provide Brock instructors with much more flexibility and certainty when sharing copies of materials with students. It allows instructors to copy short excerpts of materials, such as one chapter per book, one article per journal issue or up to 10% of a work, and share the excerpts with students through Isaak/Sakai, as a print handout or in course packs.

For further information about the Policy, visit our Fair Dealing Website, or contact Upcoming workshops explaining the policy will be offered by the Library and the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation. Slides from a January workshop are available here January 14, 2013 - Copy materials like you always thought you could! Brock’s potential new fair dealing policy. It’s a new year and a new fair dealing policy! This new policy, expected to go to the Board of Trustees in February, will likely become your go-to foundation for copying and sharing copyright materials with students.


December 19, 2012 - Brock University Copyright Advisory Group considers new fair dealing policy and invites input from faculty

Brock University’s Copyright Advisory Group is currently reviewing the new Fair Dealing Policy prepared by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).  If adopted by Brock, the policy would replace the existing Fair Dealing Policy.

The new policy reflects changes to the law and recent guidance from the Supreme Court of Canada on the scope of the fair dealing exception.  It allows Brock faculty and staff to copy and distribute to students short excerpts of materials for educational purposes and provides guidance as to what is considered a 'short excerpt.'  For example, if the policy is adopted, instructors would be free to copy a chapter from a book and post it on Isaak/Sakai.

The policy will complement the existing rights and licenses available to Brock instructors.  In many cases, Brock's library e-resources (e-journals, e-books, etc.) have licenses which give Brock instructors even greater rights to copy and share materials, but where there are no applicable licenses, such as for print books or material obtained from other institutions or colleagues, the new fair dealing policy will permit instructors to share short excerpts with students.

The policy was drafted by AUCC's external legal counsel to comply with revised statutory wording as well as case law in this area and has been adopted by universities, colleges, and schools across Canada. 

The Group would like to hear the views of Brock faculty and instructors on the proposed new policy.  Comments may be provided by email to by January 14, 2013.  It is anticipated that the new policy will be presented to the Board of Trustees for decision in February 2013.


December 3, 2012 - Upcoming copyright workshop explains educators’ new copyright rights just in time for the holiday season!

‘Tis the season to be jolly! On November 7, 2012, amendments to the Copyright Act, including a range of new rights for educators, came into effect. Much anticipated, these new rights will provide educators with more flexibility and certainty in using copyright materials for educational purposes.

To help Brock instructors understand and apply these new rights, Brock’s Centre for Pedagogical Innovation and the James A. Gibson Library are offering a December workshop entitled, “Know your NEW copyright rights”. The workshop will be held on December 17th, 1-pm in TH253. Further details are available at:


November 13, 2012 - Upcoming workshops on publishing to help faculty and students navigate the world of publishing

Brock will be holding 2 upcoming workshops dedicated to copyright and publishing which will be critical for graduate students and faculty interested in publishing books.
  • The first workshop, Contracts, Copyright & Confusion: how to make sense of your book publishing contract will be held on Monday, November 26, 12pm – 1.30pm in TH253. The workshop will answer common questions about what you can expect to see in a book publishing contract and what terms you should look out for. Presented by a special guest speaker, Lisa Quinn, Acquisitions Editor at Wilfrid Laurier University Press, the workshop will offer invaluable insights into publishing practices and contracts. For more information and to register, visit: or email
  • The second workshop, How to Get Published, will be held on Tuesday, December 4, time and location to be confirmed. The workshop will be led by editors from the University of Toronto Press and Oxford University Press and will explain the publishing process, including how to submit a proposal, what to expect in the peer review process and how to prepare your manuscript for publication. Further details will be provided soon. Watch this space!

    For more information about both workshops, see this news story in Brock News:


November 7, 2012: Copyright Act amendments finally in force

The recent copyright reform bill, Bill C-11, otherwise known as the Copyright Modernization Act, is now in force (with some exceptions, which are not particularly relevant for Brock). The Act amends the Copyright Act to give educators and consumer a range of new rights, including the right to play films in class, the right to use Internet materials for educational purposes and an expanded fair dealing which now explicitly covers use of copyright materials for educational purposes.

UBC provides a useful summary of these news rights and exception here: Expect to see further workshops and materials explaining the changes for you this Winter! If you have any questions in the meantime, contact Brock’s Copyright Coordinator / Legal Advisor, Chabriol Colebatch, at or   


October 11, 2012 - Leave all your copyright troubles behind - learn how to find copyright-free materials!

The latest workshop in Brock’s series of copyright workshops for faculty will introduce you to the copy left revolution and help you discover how to find "copyright-free" materials, including images, music, scholarly materials and more. This workshop will cover questions such as:

  • How can you find copyright-free images on the net?
  • How do you know if a work is in the public domain?
  • What is Creative Commons and how can you use it in your teaching?

    The workshop is on Wednesday, October 24th, 10am - 11am in TH253. For more information, visit


July 24, 2012 - Copyright workshop explains new copyright changes in time for the Fall!

Brock University has signed a licence with Access Copyright. At the same time, new copyright legislation with new rights for educators has just been passed. To understand what these changes mean for you, and what is the bare minimum you need to know to teach in the fall, Brock's Library and the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation are putting on a workshop next week.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 18th, 11am – 12pm, in TH253. Repeat workshops will be held on August 8th, 21st and 27th and again on September 27th. For more information, visit


July 1, 2012: Brock University signs Access Copyright licence

After careful review, Brock University has signed the Access Copyright model licence (see this email from the Provost).  For information on what this means for you, please review the following information:

  • What the Access Copyright licence means for me as a Brock instructor – Brock fact sheet
  • What the Access Copyright licence means for me as a Brock student – Brock fact sheet
  • Print and Digital Copying Guidelines for copying under the Access Copyright licence – Access Copyright summary

Question & Answer sheet re. Access Copyright licence – produced by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)

For further information, please contact the University’s Copyright Coordinator / Legal Advisor, Chabriol Colebatch, at, or by phone on x3232. The Library and the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation are planning further tools and information sessions to help you understand the terms and implications of the licence. Details will be posted here as soon as they are available.


June 19, 2012: Bill C-11, otherwise known as the Copyright Modernization Act received Royal Assent, meaning it has now completed the legislative process and its law, though it is yet to come into force (it comes into force on a date to be set by an order of the Governor in Council, expected to occur by the Fall).  The bill includes a number of new and expanded rights for educators, including the right to play films in class, the right to use internet materials for educational purposes, and an expanded fair dealing which now explicitly covers use of copyright materials for educational purposes. 

UBC provides a useful summary of the new rights and exceptions here: Expect to see further workshops and materials explaining the changes for you in the Fall!