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Copyright Information: Students

Why should I care about copyright at MRU?

  1. It is good scholarly practice.  Individuals are responsible for the intellectual and ethical integrity of their work.
  2. MRU's Use of Copyright Materials Policy (POL #1610) applies to you!  Basically that means you have to comply with the Copyright Act, RSC 1985, c C-42.
  3. Employers expect you to be aware of copyright (so why not learn it now?).
  4. Copyright doesn't just protect other people's work - it protects yours, too!

There are legal and ethical issues to consider when using someone else’s work in your assignments. While plagiarism relates to the use of a work without acknowledgment, copyright infringement relates to the use of a work without permission. You cannot use videos, songs, or photographs, for example, in a public performance without ensuring you have permission from the copyright holder to do so (unless it is covered by a license agreement or exception in the Copyright Act). Simply acknowledging something isn’t good enough if you don’t have permission to use it.

Remember – just because you can’t find a © symbol, it doesn’t mean there’s no copyright! 


Content on this page has been copied and adapted from the "Copyright at UBC" website, created by the University of British Columbia under a CC BY 4.0 International License.

Have a copyright question?

If, after browsing this guide, you still have questions or require additional information please contact, or 403.440.6618.

Student drop-in office hours on the main floor of the RLLC will resume in September, 2019.