Copyright literally means the right to copy. The Copyright Act grants a series of rights to the creators of works giving them the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, distribute or sell their works. Only the copyright owner has the right to decide when and how the work is copied. In addition
Copyrights are usually held by:
The author/creator ONLY
The author/creator’s employer, if the work was created as part of a person’s job.
The author/creator AND a publisher (as agreed by the author)
The publisher ONLY (as agreed by the author)
Both Open Access and Creative Commons are online internet sites that provide access and use of materials without requiring permissions for the use of those materials usually through various types of licenses.
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that enables creators to share their materials via a set of copyright licenses. There are standardized licenses that give the public permission to share and use works based on the rights the creator has chosen. Rights vary from some rights reserved to all rights reserved. The user must read the accompanying license to know how the material can be used.
A work in the public domain is free for everyone to use without permission or paying royalties. The phrase 'public domain' is a copyright term referring to works that belong to the public.Works can be in the public domain for a variety of reasons: because the term of copyright protection has expired; because the work was not eligible for copyright in the first place; or because the copyright owner has given the copyright in the work to the public. "
Note: These categories do not include traditional knowledge which exists outside of copyright and its exceptions.
Reserves and Moodle
The Library is pleased to offer a reserves service for Faculty. For more information about this service, which includes tracking down material, digitizing according to copyright legislation, tips on creating links to licensed content for reading lists in your Moodle course sites, and more please drop by the Library in person, phone 902-457-6250 or e-mail email@example.com.
Course Material and Copyright
It has come to the University's attention that there is a website known as Coursehero which students have been using to upload course materials. If you encounter this, and do not want your materials posted, a memo from the Vice President Academic was sent to all faculty outlining steps to take in these situations. For more information, contact the University Librarian for assistance.
If you are a thesis advisor, please note the important information for Graduate students. More guidance for graduate students will be coming soon.
Graduate theses are publications of Mount Saint Vincent University. When graduate students submit their theses, they are made accessible via the Library's Mount E-Commons and included in the Library and Archives Canada collection.
It is essential that graduate students seek permission to use copyrighted material in their thesis.
Seeking permissions takes time; it is recommended that you plan well in advance to gather permission for the addition of extra material in your thesis (e.g. published text, images, tables, figures, etc.).
Please consult the guides below for more information. For questions about copyright, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.