If you are teaching a course and plan to use, post, or distribute copyright-protected works, UNBC's copyright office can help keep you compliant with Canadian copyright law. Syllabus services include:

  • Reviewing copyright of works you distribute to your students in class and on Blackboard
  • Pursuing any required licences for use of copyright protected works
  • Creating permanent links to eResources
  • Creating PDF copies and scans for posting to Blackboard
  • Licensing for digitization/streaming of video content

You can simply send your reading list or course syllabus to the copyright office - we will review it and help you determine what requires clearance, and what you are free to use under existing licenses, statutory educational exceptions, and fair dealing. If additional licensing is required to use resources, we will let you know of your options so that you can decide which permissions should be pursued. Please note that licenses granted for a fee in previous semesters need to be renewed for further use, as publishers grant licenses on a semester by semester basis.

Please submit your reading list early – while most licenses can be secured very quickly, some publishers need up to six weeks to respond to requests. Syllabi are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

All UNBC instructors are encouraged to utilize this service to ensure compliance before sharing materials in class or on Blackboard. For more information about copyright, see the UNBC Copyright Guidelines and UNBC Fair Dealing Guidelines.