The library helps to support the university community in working within the limits of the Canadian Copyright Act. While we facilitate copyright compliance at Lakehead University, it is the responsibility of all faculty and staff members to ensure that any distribution of copied materials follows the rules set out by the law.

The copying and distributing of published, copyrighted materials is permitted under certain circumstances. The concepts of fair dealing and educational exceptions in the Canadian Copyright Ac and the licences for the Lakehead University Library’s electronic resources provide the legal framework for copying for educational uses.

You can also check the answers or ask a question in our FAQ - Copyright

LU License Database

  • Check License Database for information about what you are permitted to do with particular licensed resources. Resources in this database are generally listed by package, not by journal.
  • To find permissions for a particular journal, search Lakehead's E-Journal Titles. Once you select a title, usage terms are listed for each available provider of a journal. Please note that the license terms for a journal may vary depending on the provider.
  • When creating a link, make sure you are creating a "durable link" that will work off-campus

Public Performance Rights

Changes to the Copyright Act in 2012 now allow instructors to show films in the classroom without a public performance license or permission. As a result, the Library no longer holds public performance licenses with licensing collectives. We do have subscriptions to video streaming services

Instructors may play films in class provided it is for educational purposes, not-for-profit, and before an audience consisting primarily of students. You must however ensure that the copy of the film being shown is not an infringing copy (illegally downloaded movie or pirated DVD) or there are no reasonable grounds for believing it is infringing.

As an instructor, you also have the right to play videos in class that you find on the Internet, provided:

  • the video appears to have been posted legitimately (i.e. with the consent of the copyright owner);
  • there is no clearly visible notice on the video or the website prohibiting you from playing the video in class;
  • there is no technological protection measure preventing you from accessing or copying the video (e.g. it's not on a password-protected website);
  • and when you play it in class, you acknowledge the author and source of the video.

More information about copyright

Note: The information obtained from or through this website is provided as guidelines for using works for educational purposes and is not intended to constitute legal advice. The University Librarian is available to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. The University Librarian is not a lawyer or legal expert in copyright law and is able to provide a professional and not a legal opinion. A professional opinion is offered for information purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice.