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Copyright guide for Camosun College

From Camosun College Copyright Advisor

Copyright is a complex topic. To facilitate awareness and compliance, the college has a dedicated Copyright Advisor. Working with Director of Learning Services (Sybil Harrison), the Copyright Advisor provides support to faculty and staff. 

Young Joo, the Copyright Advisor, will review all coursepacks prior to printing and can provide direction and guidance on questions related to copyright, fair dealing and open licensing including Copyright LibGuides. 

This guide provides information about Copyright in the context of research and education. It does not provide legal advice, but it will assist members of the Camosun community in making their own decisions based on a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities according to the Canadian Copyright Act. It is everyone’s responsibility to comply with copyright agreements and legislation.

The Copyright Advisor works from the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the Lansdowne Library. He can be reached at 250-370-3611 or by email

Effective August 31 2012, Camosun College has opted-out of any agreement with Access Copyright and will administer its own copyright procedures and controls. Many other Canadian universities and colleges made the same decision following the advice of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC).

This decision to opt out was made in light of the Supreme Court of Canada decisions of July 12, 2012 that addressed fair dealing and the passing of the Copyright Modernization Act in June 2012.    

Camosun faculty and staff are required to adhere to the Fair Dealing Policy. If copyrighted material used in a coursepack, in a classroom or on D2L etc. does not meet the standards of fair dealing (excluding materials used under the public domain or creative commons license) faculty will be asked to identify an alternative resource or seek permission for use from the copyright holder and pay any associated royalties. Assistance will be available when permission is required. If there are any immediate questions that are not addressed here please contact Copyright Advisor.

The copyright professionals in post-secondary institutions across Canada are generous and are willing to share the copyright documentation they have created.  Resources from the following institutions were used in creating this guide: 


Camosun College does not support file-sharing sites.

Please check Licensed Resources and Alternatives to Copyright for further information. 

If you need help finding an article, book, or course material, please contact the subject liaison librarian.

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