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Published on February 22 2013


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  • 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materials under the fair dealing exception in the Copyright Act and replaces a previous policy which had become outdated due to developments in case law and changes to legislation.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 coursepacks.

    For further information about the Policy, visit our Fair Dealing Website, or contact copyright@brocku.ca. 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. Brock’s Copyright Coordinator will be holding a workshop on January 24th, 12.30 – 1.30pm in TH253 to explain:
    • What is now considered ‘fair’  - such as copying one book chapter, one article per journal issue or up to 10% of a work
    • What this means for your course website, course packs and reading lists
    • What your options are if you need to copy outside the scope of the policy
 
 
  • 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 ccolebatch@brocku.ca 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, 1-2pm in TH253. Further details are available at: www.brocku.ca/pedagogical-innovation/workshops

 
  • 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: https://ctlet.brocku.ca/events/node/677 or email ccolebatch@brocku.ca
    • 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: http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=19672

 
  • 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:  http://copyright.ubc.ca/copyright-legislation/bill-c-11-the-copyright-modernization-act/. 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 ccolebatch@brocku.ca or copyright@brocku.ca.   

 
  • 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 copyleft 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 www.brocku.ca/pedagogical-innovation/workshops

 
  • 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 www.brocku.ca/pedagogical-innovation/workshops

 
  • 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 Acesss 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 ccolebatch@brocku.ca, 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: http://copyright.ubc.ca/copyright-legislation/bill-c-11-the-copyright-modernization-act/. Expect to see further workshops and materials explaining the changes for you in the Fall!