This web page is currently being updated to reflect recent changes in Canadian copyright laws, specifically the adoption of the Copyright Modernization Act. For more information on the state of copyright in Canada, see the Government of Canada’s Balanced Copyright website.
Copyright basics - Licences
Licences are contracts that regulate the reproduction and use of works in addition to the
requirements of the Copyright Act. Some licences impose further restrictions on the use and
reproduction of works and some waive certain rights that are part of the Copyright Act. In
the context of a university, faculty and students should know about the following types of licences:
- The Copibec licence with Quebec universities (CREPUQ) regulates the creation and distribution of course packs, which is the production of multiple copies of works for teaching. The licence specifies limitations on what can be reproduced (such as number of pages, percentage of total work, type of work) and the payment of royalty fees. For more information on the licence, see the Concordia Policy on Copyright Compliance (PDF), section 6. For information on the creation of course packs, see the Concordia Bookstore Web site.
- Most of the databases available through the library have licences that govern use and reproduction of their contents. For instance, some database licences allow sending full-text journal articles to oneself by e-mail, others do not. Most of the licenses limit the usage of the database to non-commercial purposes. f you are uncertain about using one of the Libraries' databases, please consult a librarian.
page last updated on: Tuesday 26 February 2013