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Federal Court Decision on Copyright

On July 12, 2017, the Federal Court of Canada released its decision in the Access Copyright v. York University lawsuit. This is a complex ruling that has implications for copyright law as it pertains to post-secondary institutions, as well as the use of fair dealing for education, research and private study. The University of Guelph is currently reviewing the decision, in consultation with other Canadian universities. Information will be shared with the U of G community as it becomes available in the coming weeks.

As faculty and instructors begin to prepare fall semester courses, we encourage you to continue to submit course materials via the Library’s E-Learning/Reserves services. Faculty are asked not to send course materials to external commercial services for copyright clearance.

If you have any questions about the decision, please contact Heather Martin, Copyright Officer, martin@uoguelph.ca.