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Copyright: Coursepacks

Using Material from Databases

Please note: Not all database licenses provide the same usage rights. Database licenses supersede Fair Dealing and we must adhere to the license agreements. To find out how material from a database may be used in or out of the classroom check our license lookup here: College Libraries Electronic Access Rights (CLEAR) or contact the library directly.

Have a Question on Copyright?

Information provided in our guide can often be confusing and hard to interpret. If ever in doubt contact Marcia Steeves the College's Academic Integrity and Copyright Officer.


Canadian Copyright law allows for copyright-protected works to be used in coursepacks.

The Fleming College Bookstore entered into agreement with Xanadu for the clearance of copyrighted materials in coursepacks. Faculty submit coursepacks to the Bookstore with complete citations for all published material. Faculty must declare at this time whether or not coursepack contains copyright-protected material. If copyright-protected materials are contained within the coursepack, Xanadu clears copyright and creates a professionally bound product to be sold in the Bookstore.

Alternatively, if there is no published material in the coursepack (it is entirely the work of faculty and/or faculty have received the copyright owner's written permission to resell the material) and faculty have declared the coursepack does not violate copyright law. The College's Copyright Technician will review all such coursepacks to ensure copyright compliance.

Copyright-protected material CANNOT be sold through the bookstore without permission. Fair Dealing does not apply if revenue is generated that goes beyond overhead (copyright-protected works can only be sold "at cost").

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