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Copyright for Staff

Using copyrighted work

Fair dealing and educational exceptions in the Copyright Act often cannot be employed for general college uses (e.g. in publications, brochures, posters, promotional materials).

These activities are considered commercial in nature and generally require permission from the copyright owner.

To secure permission to use a work for non-educational purposes, contact the copyright owner. Ownership is usually indicated in the copyright statement next to the © symbol.

The Copyright Office can also assist with permissions. Please contact us with your request.

Alternatives to copyright

There are certain resources that can be used with fewer restrictions than traditional copyright-protected works, including:

  • Public domain
  • Open access
  • Flexibly licensed resources

Everyone can take advantage these resources.

For more information on copyright alternatives, visit the Alternatives to Copyright page:

Alternatives to Copyright

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General Queries:

The information obtained from or through this website is provided as guidelines for using works for educational purposes and is not intended to constitute legal advice.

Creative Commons License

Langara's copyright website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.