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Copyright: The essentials

This guide provides answers to the most frequently asked questions with regard to copyright in Canada as well as the copyright compliance at McGill University and beyond.

Copyrighted readings & myCourses: General information

When preparing course readings, instructors must ensure copied materials comply with McGill’s Copyright policies and our COPIBEC licensing agreement.

If McGill Library has an electronic version (e-version) of the desired course reading, it is preferable to link to it on myCourses. First, find the Permalink for the reading, then create a link in myCourses.

If McGill does not have access to an electronic version of a course reading, our COPIBEC licensing agreement makes it possible to upload scanned readings to myCourses while respecting copyright, within the following limits, most often without any extra payment or permissions:

  • 15% of a work
  • 1 entire chapter of a book (no more than 20% of the book)
  • 1 entire article from a journal

Instructors can use their own scan or request one from the Library's scan request service

To ensure compliance with the copyright law, these scanned texts must be reported using Savia online reporting system. Savia reports are used by COPIBEC for royalty distribution to copyright holders (authors, publishers, etc.) Reporting must occur BEFORE these readings are uploaded to myCourses.

Reporting readings scanned for myCourses

To report scanned readings on Savia follow these instructions:

  1. Register for a Savia account: follow our web instructions
  2. Report scanned readings:


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