However, see the Instructor FAQ to determine how copyrighted materials can be used for educational or training purposes in the classroom.
Also, works that are made available under a Creative Commons license are generally available for free, subject to certain conditions specified in the license, such as non-commercial use only and acknowledgment of the author. It is important to consider whether your use of Creative Commons materials complies with the terms of the license—in particular, just because MRU is a non-profit entity, does not mean that all of the activities of its faculty and staff are "non-commercial".
Visit the Creative Commons website for more information or check out their content directories which list audio, video, image and text materials available under Creative Commons licensing. Also see our Creative Commons guide for additional information, and see our Image Resources guide for help with finding Creative Commons images in particular.
Generally, the creator owns copyright unless it has been assigned to another entity, such as a publisher or other person. If the work was created in the course of employment, the employer will own the copyright. MRU faculty own copyright in their own works, including lectures, in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement between the University and the MRU Faculty Association. For non-faculty staff, the University retains copyright in works created during the course of employment.
Please see our staff Website Administration page for information about the difference between posting on public MRU websites vs. MRU learning management systems, using images on public MRU websites, and linking and embedding content on public MRU websites.
The Copyright Act allows you to play a sound recording or live radio broadcasts in class as long as it is for educational or training purposes, not for profit, on MRU premises and before an audience consisting primarily of students, faculty or any person who is directly responsible for setting a curriculum for MRU. However, if you want to use music for non-educational purposes, for example, for background music at a conference or in an athletic facility, a license must be obtained from the copyright collectives SOCAN, and Re:Sound. Contact the MRU Copyright Advisor at MRUcopyright@mtroyal.ca for licensing assistance.
The Copyright Act permits instructors to perform any film or other cinematographic work in the classroom, as long as the work is not an infringing copy and was legally obtained. Instructors can also screen films outside of the classroom, provided that the screening is on campus, that the purpose is for education or training, and that the audience consists mainly of students, faculty, or any person who is directly responsible for setting a curriculum for MRU.
If you wish to show a film in a public space on campus, it may be possible to show the film if it a PPR License is purchased, which allow certain feature films to be shown in public spaces on campus for entertainment purposes. To see if a license is available for a feature film, search the online catalogues of the following two film distributors:
Criterion Pictures: www.criterionpic.com
If your selected feature film is listed on either website, contact the MRU Copyright Advisor at MRUcopyright@mtroyal.ca for assistance in obtaining a license.
Under the MRU Fair Dealing Guidelines, MRU faculty and staff may copy and distribute a Short Excerpt if the purpose of the copying is directly tied to the education of students.
The following examples of administrative copying would not fall within MRU’s Fair Dealing Guidelines:
It should be noted that the fair dealing exception may apply to these instances of copying, but a separate fair dealing analysis must be undertaken to ensure compliance with the Copyright Act. For assistance with this analysis, please contact the MRU Copyright Advisor at MRUcopyright@mtroyal.ca. If fair dealing is not available, compliance with the Copyright Act may be achieved by utilizing one of MRU’s electronic subscription licenses or obtaining permission from the copyright holder directly.
If all you need is images to supplement a presentation, you also have the option of finding images that have been liberally licensed for reuse or that are in the public domain (which means the copyright has expired or been waived by the copyright holder). Images that have been licensed under a Creative Commons license, for example, have been made available for reuse without seeking permission.
There are some excellent resources for finding these types of images online, including:
For more image resources, have a look at our Image Reources guide. For information on how to attribute Creative Commons-licensed images, see our Creative Commons Attribution guide. And of course, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the MRU Copyright Advisor at MRUcopyright@mtroyal.ca.
Key MRU copyright resources are posted on this LibGuide. See in particular: