Copyright & Teaching

At Ryerson, faculty have three options for making course materials available to their students and for ensuring those materials have the correct copyright permissions.

Whichever option you choose, don’t put yourself or the university at risk. Copyright infringement is a real concern; make sure you’ve got the proper copyright permissions.

Please note: July 17, 2017: Ryerson University is committed to complying with copyright law. The university is working closely with Universities Canada in reviewing the recent Access Copyright v. York University decision and implications.  Faculty and instructors are encouraged to continue to use the Library’s e-Reserve service, which creates e-links to documents that are available through electronic library subscriptions or seek permission from copyright owners, or use the Ryerson Campus Store for licenced course packs. The university will provide further guidance shortly.

Option one: Go electronic

Use the Library’s E-Reserve Service

Does copyright give you a headache? Then go electronic and use the Library’s copyright checking service called One-Stop Course Reading Service. It will leave you more time to prepare your course materials and less time worrying about copyright. Chang School instructors please use this method exclusively.

Option two: I prefer print

Order print coursepacks sold at the Campus Store OR print reserve items using the One-Stop Course Reading Service. If you order print course packs NOT AVAILABLE from the Campus Store only use vendors covered under an Access Copyright licence.                                                                                 

Option three: Do-It-Yourself copyright checking

Check copyright permissions yourself that you make available to students either as a handout or on D2L. Please note that you will need to follow a copyright checking process to use this method.