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Quick Copyright and Digital Delivery Tips

Key points to remember:

  • Distribution of copied/scanned published materials and Library resources should be made accessible to students through UNB Libraries Course Reserves system: Manage Course Reserves.
  • Most of the copying and distribution limits are the same whether the teaching is done in person or online. If it was okay to do in class, it is often okay to do onlineespecially when your online access is limited to the same enrolled students. 
  • You should continue to apply UNB’s fair dealing guidelines:

Additional advice:

  • Use the university password-protected system Desire2Learn to make material available to your students and to deliver course materials and lectures.
  • Post your in-class slides in Desire2Learn. Slides provided by textbook publishers can almost always be used, according to their Terms of Use.
  • Course readings rules for print and online posting to Desire2Learn are similar. Either use the fair dealing guidelines or link out to Internet content. UNB Libraries’ Course Reserves staff will help you copyright check readings, create links to e-books, journal articles, audiovisual materials, and more. 
  • Your Subject Librarian can help you find alternative content, and UNB Libraries have a large collection of online journals and e-books that can help support online learning. Your librarian can also help you find openly-licensed teaching materials.
  • Contact UNB’s Copyright Office if you have any copyright questions. 


This resource is adapted for the University of New Brunswick from material prepared by the Copyright Office, University of Minnesota document Copyright Services, Rapidly shifting your course from in-person to online. Unless otherwise noted, all content on the Copyright Information section of this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License. We would like to acknowledge some contribution of adaptation language from University of Toronto Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office and Ryerson University Library.