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Copyright, Fair Use & Creative Commons Licensing

A guide to inform faculty and students about copyright.

What can I post on Canvas?

Posting an item to Canvas (or Blackboard) does not exempt an instructor from copyright regulations. Therefore, instructors are encouraged to follow copyright "best practices" as outlined in the Copyright Clearance Center’s publication: Using Course Management Systems.

 Note that the guidelines suggested below are based on one interpretation of U.S. Copyright Law. 

 Item

Allowed

Not Allowed

Website containing copyrighted material

Link to the website via the LMS

Copying and pasting the information into the LMS 

Copyrighted web image

Must be educational in nature; display in the LMS for one semester

Repeated use over multiple semesters

Article from a library database

Direct linking to article allowed (permalink - reach out to your librarian for assistance)

Copying and pasting the article into the LMS

Article, book, book chapter, or DVD obtained through interlibrary loan or otherwise borrowed from another library

Permission must be obtained

Permission denied or not obtained

Scanned copyrighted image

Must be educational in nature; display in the LMS for one semester

Repeated use over multiple semesters

Scanned chapter from a book

5% of the total work if in-print; 10% of the total work if out-of-print; allowed for one semester

More than the allotted percentages or repeated use over multiple semesters

Scanned article from a journal, trade publication, or magazine

A single article for one semester

Multiple articles from the same publication or repeated use over multiple semesters