The week of February 26th is Fair Use/ Fair Dealing Week – an annual event to highlight, celebrate and educate about fair use in the United States and fair dealing in Canada and other jurisdictions. As part of our celebration of Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, the Library is hosting a panel discussion, Copyright and Education: 2018 Update
At this panel presentation, the speakers will review significant legal developments in the areas of fair dealing and copyright, which impact on the educational use of copyright materials. This includes the recent ruling in the Access Copyright v. York University case, as well as the federal government’s current review of the Copyright Act. These developments will be of interest to instructors, faculty, and librarians, and others looking to ensure legal compliance with copyrighted materials in the classroom. Participants will also learn about the available supports at the Library to ensure copyright compliance, including the Library’s One Stop Course Reading Service, Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons licensing.
Date: Monday Feb. 26th, 2018
Julia Shin Doi, General Counsel General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors
Carol Shepstone, Chief Librarian
Ann Ludbrook, Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian
April 26th is World Intellectual Property Day and is celebrated around the world. Launched by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 the day was created to raise awareness about how intellectual property like patents, trademarks and copyright are both used and in turn foster creativity. This year’s theme is Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined.
Universities are both creators of intellectual property through faculty, instructor, researcher and student output, but are also consumers of intellectual property. Ryerson University Library and Archives spends millions of dollars per year on book and digital journal subscription purchasing. Most of these on-line journal articles are not publicly available to those outside of a university environment without a fee. At universities we are digitally privileged because we pay a substantial amount yearly for access to this content.
The purchases universities make support publishers and at the same time give instructors, researchers and students timely access to the latest scholarly information that can be used in their courses and for their research. Ryerson researchers are also part of the creative cycle as they create and publish new works citing the work that has gone before them.
Are you interested in showing movies on campus from film studios such as MGM, Universal Studios, Walt Disney, Tristar or Touchstones Pictures? Did you know that you need public performance rights (PPR) to show to a group unless it is for teaching purposes? Now for a short period, until Oct 31st, 2013, you can show any films from these studios, and hundreds more, without having to worry about copyright fees. The Library has paid for a leisure licence with Audio-Cine Films Inc. (ACF) that covers PPR outside the classroom.
ACF is a Canadian exclusive rights representative for many of the world’s renowned film studios and producers. The ACF licence provides access to over 1,000 movie titles. All you need to do is to check whether a film you want to show is in the ACF database. Then make sure you are using legal copies of DVDs for showing. That would include library copies, personal home copies, and rented copies, but no bootlegged materials.
Please contact Ann Ludbrook, Copyright Co-ordinator and Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 6910) for any copyright issues related to hosting movie nights for your student group. You can also contact Ophelia Cheung, Audio Visual Services Librarian (email@example.com or ext. 5097), if you need assistance with searching the ACF database or acquiring copies not available in the Library collection.