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Copyright at Douglas College 

Douglas College recognizes the need to balance the benefits of sharing ideas for educational purposes with ensuring just compensation and recognition for a creator's work. 


College Use of Copyrighted Works Policy (A01)

Understand your rights and responsibilities under the Douglas College Copyright Policy.

Douglas College Copyright Guide 

Detailed guide covering copyright considerations for educational purposes. 

Fair Dealing

Learn about Douglas College's fair dealing guidelines and how much you can copy for educational purposes.  

Educational Exceptions

Use educational exceptions in the Copyright Act to share materials for educational purposes.  

* All works copied must be legally obtained. Works must be properly cited. Wherever possible and appropriate, provide links directly to legally available materials. 

Changes to Public Domain December 30, 2022

As of December 30, 2022, published works will now enter the public domain 70 years after the death of the author. This is a change from 50 years. This change is not retroactive which means that works already in the public domain as of December 30, 2022, will remain there. It also means that no new works will enter the public domain until 2042.


The information in this resource should not be considered legal advice. The purpose of this guide is to provide Douglas College faculty and students with general information about copyright.