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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 departmental 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.


Balancing the scales: The role of fair dealing in Canada

On Tuesday, February 26, SFU, UBC, Langara, KPU, Douglas, VCC and JIBC invite you to an afternoon of presentations and discussion aimed at demonstrating the value of fair dealing in a modern Canadian context and highlighting the perspectives of diverse copyright stakeholders. Light refreshments will be served.

Please register by February 19. This event is free but registration is required.

This event will also be webcast and recorded for those unable to attend in person. Visit this page on the 26th for the webcast link (you do not need to register to view the webcast). The recording will be available at the same link a few days after the event.



Allan Bell, Associate University Librarian Digital Programs and Services at UBC Library, will provide an overview of the current copyright landscape in Canada.

Panel: The faces of fair dealing: A conversation about user rights in Canada

This panel discussion, moderated by Michal Jaworski, former legal counsel to UBC and partner at Clark Wilson LLP, brings together creators and users for a discussion about the importance of fair dealing. Panelists and attendees will discuss the role that fair dealing plays in their work, mechanisms that promote and impede reliance on fair dealing and how their communities of practice would be impacted if fair dealing were restricted.

Panelists include:

  • Devon Cooke, documentary filmmaker
  • Peter Musser, recent UBC iSchool graduate and YouTube creator
  • Andrea Stuart, Canadian Association of University Teachers
  • Linda Valecourt, Douglas College Bookstore

Keynote: Dr. Meera Nair - Fifteen years after CCH: A time to reflect on what came before, and what may be yet to come

Despite its fifteen-year tenure in Canada, the CCH decision remains misunderstood by its detractors and underused by its potential beneficiaries. This speaks to the reality that judicial (or legislative) change does not occur in a vacuum, but falls on living history. Given today's political climate, where misconception is shaping expectation, a deeper understanding of Canada's copyright experience may encourage more engagement with user rights.

Join Dr. Meera Nair, Copyright Officer for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and author of FairDuty, a blog about copyright in higher education in Canada, for a keynote address on the ongoing impact of the CCH decision on the Canadian copyright landscape.

Thank you to our sponsors

  • Canadian Association of University Teachers
  • University of British Columbia
  • Langara College
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Douglas College

Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:15pmVancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 1400-1410

Copyright in the Classroom Workshop for Instructors

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.

Upcoming Workshops

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.