Copyright - Introduction

Copyright law protects a variety of creations, including books, computer programs, letters, maps, models, sculptures, music and film.  It gives copyright owners - usually authors or publishers - the sole right to copy or to authorize someone else to copy their works. It is essential that you are aware of copyright as it applies to teaching and research at Emily Carr University.

Fair dealing balances the rights of copyright owners with the needs of users, such as students and researchers, who require access to copyright material for the purposes of research, private study, criticism, or review. 

In addition to Fair Dealing and licensed resources you also have permission through other means including the Creative Commons (alternative licenses applied to multimedia content on the internet), content in the Public Domain (not owned or controlled by anyone) and open access publishing (free online access to scholarly material).

Formats covered by copyright include:

  • Text
  • Audio
    • CDs
    • Audiocassettes
  • Video
    • Videos
    • DVDs
    • 16mm films
    • Streaming video
  • Images
    • Slides
    • Digital images
  • Content from websites