Answered By: Robert Sebek
Last Updated: Dec 05, 2019     Views: 164

This answer assumes you did not receive permission from the copyright holder or pay a fee or royalties to make use of the copyrighted work. You must follow copyright law and guidelines when posting copyrighted material. Failure to do so exposes you to liability.

When the document you want to post is already available through library subscriptions, we strongly suggest you link to the document from Canvas instead of posting a copy. This way, you observe copyright restrictions and the library sees more accurate usage statistics, which are used to make subscription decisions.

If you still want to post a copyrighted document, follow these guidelines.

Restrict access to students of the course

Restrict access to your course materials to currently enrolled students. The TEACH Act requires you restrict access to copyright materials to your current students.

Posting copyrighted materials to an open Canvas course is not allowed.

Limit access to the current semester

Access to copyrighted material must end when the course ends. (You can use the documents again if you teach the same class the following semester.) The current version of your course in Canvas must expire at the end of the semester, or you must manually remove the documents.

Limit the amount posted

What you post should be directly relevant to the course, and equivalent to what you would discuss in a face-to-face class. Limit yourself to a single article from a journal issue, one book chapter, or 10% of the work, whichever is less.

Post a copyright notice with the documents

The TEACH Act requires posting a copyright notice with copyrighted materials. For non-text materials, you should display the following notice on the page where the links to copyrighted materials appear:

These materials are protected by copyright law. Reproduction or retransmission of the materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, without the prior written consent of the copyright holder, is a violation of copyright law. You may make a single copy of the materials available through this course for personal, noncommercial use.  You must preserve any copyright or other notices contained in or associated with them. You may not distribute such copies to others, whether or not in electronic form, whether or not for a charge or other consideration, without prior written consent of the copyright holder of the materials.

For textual materials, add this copyright notice PDF to the front of each PDF you post, using Acrobat tools.

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