Copyright for instructors at SFU

Canada's Copyright Act and SFU's copyright policies affect the ways in which you can copy and distribute materials for your courses. In this section you will find FAQs as well as tools, resources and links related to using copyright protected materials in your teaching. Below you will find our workshop listings. The Copyright Office also welcomes requests for custom workshops year-round in any length and format, such as full-length workshops, shorter meeting presentations or more casual "lunch & learns."

Instructors also create copyright protected works, whether teaching materials, written works for publication, conference presentations or artworks. Therefore, you may also find the Authors & other creators section useful.

Please review this website for answers to your questions and contact the Copyright Office ( if you do not find the information you need.

Abbreviated version of the Copyright and Teaching Infographic



Copyright in the Classroom Workshop for Instructors [Online]

Do you upload readings or other materials into Canvas? Include photos, diagrams or maps in your PowerPoint slides? Use blogs or social media in your courses? Use teaching materials you find online? All of these activities can implicate copyright. Copyright protects written, artistic, musical and dramatic works, as well as performances, sound recordings and broadcast signals.

The SFU Copyright Office will explain SFU's policies and guidelines outlining how you can use copyright protected materials in your courses (in-person and in Canvas), and how to find materials with fewer restrictions such as Open Access publications and materials without copyright protection. We will explain your rights as the creator of your course materials as well as the Copyright Office's services.

Bring your copyright questions and concerns.

​Visit the copyright website for FAQs, resources, links and videos. Contact the Copyright Office with any questions (

If you can't make it, the Copyright Office welcomes requests for custom workshops or presentations for your department or class. Email to schedule.

Register for upcoming workshops

Monday, May 27, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
via Zoom