The University of Ottawa strongly encourages students to respect the principles of copyright and intellectual property in their educational and other university activities. As a student, you are usually entitled to the copyright and related interests for works you create. Students who copy or communicate copyright-protected works should either obtain the permission of the copyright holder or be satisfied that copying or communicating the works falls within one of the exceptions in the . The University is not liable for any infringing copies made or communicated by students including such copies made or communicated using copiers or scanners made available by the University.
The University of Ottawa strongly encourages students to respect the principles of copyright and intellectual property in their educational and other university activities.
Art and performance
Students can use copyright-protected material such as images, video, music and advertisements for academic purposes in the same way as books, journals and other materials. This material, including visual art, can generally be included in assignments and class presentations, as long as it falls under the “fair dealing” exemption or an educational exception to copyright (see ).
However, if you would like to publish, distribute or exhibit your assignment or presentation in a public forum or gallery, you may need permission from the copyright holder. For more information, see or .
In a non-academic setting, you may be able to use copyright-protected materials to create new, unique works under the “Remix” exception, by following certain conditions (see “Remix Exception” under ).
Students can also perform copyright-protected works in the classroom. You can also perform a copyright protected work publicly as long as it is performed on campus, for a student/instructor-majority audience and not for profit (see “Performances” under ). You should not record such performances other than for evaluation purposes and with the permission of the performers, and you cannot distribute (for example, on YouTube) or sell any recordings of the performance.
Copyright holders for major works such as musicals, hit songs, plays and novels generally have very strict policies regarding copyright and improper distribution of their materials. Do not assume that “no-one will notice” if you post a recording or evidence of use of a copyright-protected work online without following the legal guidelines. Content and information can be shared quickly online, so it is very likely that the copyright holders will know you have used their material, which could have legal consequences.