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Copyright & Fair Dealing

CARL Copyright Educational Modules



  • Module 1: An Introduction to the CARL Copyright Training Modules
  • Module 2: How Does Copyright Law Apply at My University?
  • Module 3: When Do I Need to Think About Copyright?
  • Module 4: The Balancing Act: What Rights Do Copyright Owners Have?
  • Module 5: The Balancing Act: User Rights
  • Module 6: What Do I Need to Know About Licensing?
  • Module 7: Openly Licensed Materials

CARL Copyright Educational Resource

Copyright Open Educational Resource for University Instructors and Staff

Copyright considerations are relevant to many university activities in Canada, both for creators and users of copyright-protected material. This series provides university employees with a general overview of copyright through seven short, self-directed, bilingual instructional modules. 

Each module contains a short video, usually between 4 and 6 minutes in length, and a quiz. The webpage text that follows the video is a transcript of the narration from the corresponding video for the module. The quizzes at the end of each module are learning tools; results are not monitored or retained.

These modules are meant to supplement rather than replace the resources provided by your employer. For information about specific scenarios, consult your own institution’s copyright guidelines and policies, and, if necessary, seek legal advice. Separately, the Opening Up Copyright instructional modules, based at the University of Alberta, provide more in-depth copyright information on a range of topics, for a broader audience.

If you are considering using this course on your campus, ideas for implementation are available in the implementation guide. An implementation webinar will also be scheduled during winter 2021. You can download all of the source files for the course, including images, transcripts, audio and video files, and captions in University of Calgary’s digital collections.

All videos can also be watched on CARL’s YouTube channel.


  • Narrated by Margo Trueblood
  • Artwork by Giulia Forsythe
  • Video Production by University of Waterloo

Written/Adapted/Produced by the CARL Copyright Open Educational Resource Working Group

  • Amanda Wakaruk – University of Alberta
  • Ann Ludbrook – Ryerson University
  • Anne Pottier – McMaster University
  • Christina Winter – University of Regina
  • Dan Sich – Western University
  • Heather Martin – University of Guelph
  • Kathryn Blair – University of Waterloo
  • Mark Swartz – CARL/Queen’s University
  • Rowena Johnson – University of Calgary
  • Stephanie Boulogne – University of Victoria
  • Stephanie Orfano – University of Toronto
  • Stephen Park – Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Thomas Rouleau – University of Ottawa
  • Tom Adam – Western University

With special thanks to CARL sponsors

  • Clark Wilson LLP
  • Dalhousie University
  • McMaster University
  • Queen’s University
  • Ryerson University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université du Québec à Montréal
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Regina Library
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Windsor
  • University of Victoria
  • Vancouver Island University
  • Western University

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International LicenseMaterial may be shared for noncommercial purposes with the following considerations:

All artwork © Giulia Forsythe, made available under a CC0 1.0 License.

Material for the Openly Licensed Materials video has been adapted from: Year of Open Licenses, (CC-BY); Guelph Creative Commons Video: (CC-BY-NC-SA)

Scripted material and quizzes have been adapted from Copyright Literacy for Ontario College Employees, ©2014 Ontario Colleges, which is licensed under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 International License. Adapted material is shared here under a different license with permission. Scripts and quizzes have been modified to address an audience of instructors and staff at Canadian universities.