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The mission of the University of Alberta Copyright Office is to educate and support U of A students, faculty and staff as those issues relate to teaching and learning, research and scholarly communications, and to develop and implement best practices to promote access to information in accordance with the University’s Use of Copyright Materials Policy.
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  1. The commons and Crown copyright: it's time for reform in Canada [Download]

    Title: The commons and Crown copyright: it's time for reform in Canada
    Creator: Wakaruk, Amanda
    Description: Presentation that accompanied a Creative Commons Canada community call about Crown copyright.
    Subjects: Crown copyright, Copyright Act review, Creative Commons, Open government
    Date Created: 2017/08/22
  2. Heavy is the head that wears the crown (copyright) [Download]

    Title: Heavy is the head that wears the crown (copyright)
    Creator: Wakaruk, Amanda
    Description: Slides from a plenary presentation at the ABC Copyright Conference on June 29, 2017. Conference program abstract: Crown copyright has been flagged for review by Canadian copyright stakeholders including federal departments and parliaments for more than thirty years. In that time, our federal government has implemented an Open Government Licence (for some data sets and select publications) and, somewhat paradoxically, removed countless born digital publications from its web servers (without alternate access points). This session will provide an introduction to the issue of Crown copyright with a focus on the advantages and disadvantages of keeping government publications out of the public domain. Suggestions for modifying section 12 of the Copyright Act will be offered (and solicited!) in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary review of the legislation.
    Subjects: crown copyright, open government, copyright reform, Copyright Act
    Date Created: 2017/06/29
  3. Confused by copyright? You are not alone. We can help. [Download]

    Title: Confused by copyright? You are not alone. We can help.
    Creator: Day, Scott
    Description: Joint presentation by Scott Day (MacEwan University) and Amanda Wakaruk (University of Alberta) at the 2017 NEOS Miniconference. Presentation abstract: A refresher on copyright basics followed by an overview of what library employees should know about the upcoming parliamentary review of the Copyright Act. Time was also set aside for participants' questions about licensing, fair dealing, using others’ content, and other copyright issues. Moderator: Obianuju Mollel (Alberta Health Services).
    Subjects: copyright, Copyright Act, fair dealing, copyright advocacy
    Date Created: 2017/06/09
  4. Do it Right the First Time: Copyright, Creative Commons, and OER [Download]

    Title: Do it Right the First Time: Copyright, Creative Commons, and OER
    Creator: Wakaruk, Amanda
    Description: Presentation slides from a talk given at the Alberta OER Summit on May 11, 2017 at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta.
    Subjects: copyright, Creative Commons, OER, open educational resources, publisher agreements
    Date Created: 2017/05/11
  5. Could it be a case of the emperor’s new clothes? Crown copyright and Canada’s commitment to open government [Download]

    Title: Could it be a case of the emperor’s new clothes? Crown copyright and Canada’s commitment to open government
    Creator: Wakaruk, Amanda
    Description: This conference presentation provided an introduction to Crown copyright in Canada and addressed the advantages and disadvantages of keeping government information out of the public domain. Suggestions for modifying section 12 of the Copyright Act were offered in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary review of this piece of legislation.
    Subjects: copyright, crown copyright, Government of Canada, Open Government, government information
    Date Created: 2016/12/09
  6. Assessing Copyright Risk Tolerance for Large Scale Digitization Projects [Download]

    Title: Assessing Copyright Risk Tolerance for Large Scale Digitization Projects
    Creator: Wakaruk, Amanda
    Description: Conference presentation at 2016 ABC Copyright Conference, May 27. Digitizing and sharing materials online makes our cultural heritage more accessible, supporting the dissemination of knowledge and the public good. Navigating related copyright issues, however, can weigh heavily on the feasibility of large-scale digitization projects. Fair dealing and LAM and educational institution exceptions in the Copyright Act may or may not apply to making entire works publicly available online. Can a risk management approach make it possible for an institution to digitize and disseminate some material for which permission cannot be secured? What departments at the institution need to be involved in the development, approval, and implementation of this approach? What would such a process look like? What factors should it take into account? Archivists and librarians at Simon Fraser University and the University of Alberta have begun to address these questions through the development of a risk management approach to copyright assessment. This session will describe and compare the resulting protocols and processes at these two institutions. The impetus for their approach and its implementation will be discussed. Speakers provided examples and shared related procedures and forms used to conduct risk assessments. Strategies for responding to potential complaints and take-down requests were addressed.
    Subjects: copyright law, digitization, risk assessment, archives, libraries
    Date Created: May 27, 2016
  7. Fair Dealing Week 2016

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  8. Fair Dealing Week 2017

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  9. Copyright and instructional materials: When do you need to seek permission? [Download]

    Title: Copyright and instructional materials: When do you need to seek permission?
    Creator: Wakaruk, Amanda
    Description: This Festival of Teaching 2016 workshop provided participants with strategies for assessing when they may proceed with using copyright materials and when permission from the rightsholder is necessary. Educators learned how to identify the appropriate terms of use for classroom resources, what exemptions are available in the Copyright Act, what support is available for clearing copyright.
    Subjects: copyright, university policy, teaching
    Date Created: 2016/05/06