**Sent from the Dean and VP, Health, Faculty of Medicine, The University of British Columbia**
Important Copyright Update for Faculty: An enhanced syllabus service via Canvas to help you stay clear of copyright problems.
I am writing to share information with you about copyright practices and a new service available to help UBC faculty clear copyrighted course and teaching materials.
Risk of copyright infringement
As a course instructor you could be at risk of copyright infringement if you fail to familiarize yourself with and abide by Canadian copyright law and Fair Dealing Requirements. Any distribution of published works to students that infringes on copyright can expose both you and the University to legal jeopardy. Recent court decisions in Canada and elsewhere confirm this to be a real and ongoing concern for faculty who teach.
What is the Library Online Course Reserves system (LOCR)?
LOCR is a stand-alone electronic course reserves system for faculty members to provide their students with published works with appropriate copyright permissions in place. Trained library staff clear copyright on behalf of faculty and then scan and upload the material. LOCR can be accessed either via Canvas or directly through the Library.
How to distribute published works to students
UBC offers a number of supports to help faculty avoid these risks, including a new Syllabus Service to deliver materials through LOCR: please use these services whenever you are distributing any published works (book chapters, articles, etc.) to students for your courses in Canvas or any other LMS on campus. Library staff will clear copyright for you and material will be made available on your course site, generally within 10 business days. High volume times such as the beginning of the academic year will have an impact on turnaround time; instructors are encouraged to submit their requests well in advance of the start of term.
UBC continues to take every possible step to support faculty in their teaching efforts, and ensure they remain knowledgeable and compliant with Canadian copyright law.
Dr. Dermot Kelleher
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
The University of British Columbia