Frequently Asked Questions

Copyright

Generally no, but you should check the website’s ‘Terms of Use’ section to see whether it has any specific linking prohibitions. If there are none, you may link to the website but make sure that the webpage opens up in a different browser window...

The Fair Dealing policy permits a faculty member or administrative staff to make a copy of up to 10% of a copyright-protected audiovisual work for inclusion in a classroom presentation or in a learning management system. The Fair Dealing Policy...

It depends on what you want to do. Materials on the internet are treated the same under copyright law as any other copyright materials, so if you want to use them, you have to either fall within one of the Act’s exceptions (such as fair dealing)...

Yes, you can scan and post copyrighted works as long as they fall within the guidelines listed in the Queen's Fair Dealing policy. For materials that fall outside these guidelines, the Copyright Advisory Office is now offering a clearance service...

I’ll be sure to cite where the figures came from.


In most cases, yes. In some cases, textbook publishers will allow you to include copies of figures in your PowerPoints and online classrooms, but usually only when the textbook is...

The licences for some of the e-journals provided by the Library allow instructors to upload articles into secure learning management systems such as those available through Queen's (Moodle/Desire2Learn/Medtech etc.). While there may be good...

Yes, there is a difference. Posting something on your own website means you are making the work available world-wide. Wide distribution makes relying on fair dealing more complicated and use like this is not generally covered by any University...

Yes. There’s a wealth of material out there which is either in the public domain or available under what is known as Creative Commons licensing, which generally means the work is available for free, subject to certain limited conditions, such as...

There are some exceptions in the Copyright Act for educational institutions which allow copying and display of materials for educational purposes. They cover displaying material in class on campus, reproducing material for exams, playing music...

Generally yes. The fair dealing exemption allows students to use works for research, private study, criticism or review. So provided the student is including the work for one of these purposes, and acknowledges the author and source of the...