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Copyright at Bishop's University: Copying Guidelines (Print & Digital)

A guide for faculty, staff, and students

What Can I Copy?

The right to copy and distribute copyrighted work depends upon the license under which they were acquired. To ensure that you are complying with copyright legislation, please refer to the following steps:


  1. Identify the source of the document that you are planning to copy (i.e. electronic database, print copy, personal copy).
  2. For an electronic document found in one of the Bishop's University Library databases, verify the permissions associated with that specific database using the License Information Database. For more information on how to use this resource, refer to the License Information section.
  3. Bishop's University has an agreement with Copibec that applies to many print and electronic works. For information and details related to works covered by Copibec, click here. Refer to the Exclusions List for works and categories of works that are excluded from the Copibec repertoire. 
  4. If steps 2 and 3 do not apply, your document may be covered by fair dealing provisions. Fair dealing provisions allow for use of a work without permission from or payment to the copyright owner. For more information on fair dealing please visit the Fair Dealing section of this guide.
  5. If steps 2, 3 and 4 do not apply, you may require permission from the copyright holder.
  6. For further information or questions, please contact the Office of the University Librarian.


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