Reproduction rights licence for colleges and CEGEPs

Create coursepacks, share content on your college’s secure network or learning management system or display documents in class while still respecting copyright.

Authorized use in your college or CEGEP

Under the college reproduction rights licence, you can conveniently and legally use content protected by the Copyright Act. There are four requirements that must be met:

Types of use allowed

You can use excerpts from publications on paper or in digital format for teaching or research purposes. The following types of use are allowed:

Create coursepacks that can include short stories, poems, essays, news articles and anthology chapters.

Share excerpts from publications with your students and colleagues via email or your college’s secure network.

Display text excerpts or images on a smartboard during classes or integrate them into a slideshow.

Give your students photocopies of excerpts from publications as references for your courses.

Usage limits

The usage limits under your college reproduction rights licence apply per semester for the same course group. The limits depend on the type of content.

Publications developed specifically for college education purposes:

  • 10% of the publication, up to a maximum of 25 pages

Any other publication in the Copibec repertoire:

  • 15% of the publication

The following can also be copied under the licence:

  • An article
  • Newspaper or periodical page
  • Song lyrics
  • Short text from a collective work
  • Entry from a reference book
  • Image from a book, magazine or newspaper
  • Chapter that is not more than 15% of the total number of pages in a book; if the publication was developed for college education purposes, the limit is 10% or 25 pages

Here are some examples of authorized content use according to your college licence:

15% of a publication

Put 15 pages from a 100-page book on the learning management system for your students

1 page

Hand out photocopies of a newspaper page in class

1 article

Display a magazine article on screen for your class

1 chapter

Reproduce an entire chapter from a college education publication without exceeding 10% of the book or 25 pages

1 complete text from a collective work

Include a short story in a coursepack distributed to your students

Song lyrics

Include the lyrics to a song in a coursepack


Put a chart or image from a book on your college’s secure network

1 reference entry

Email an entire entry from an encyclopedia

Students are allowed to print out a paper copy of a digital format excerpt provided by a professor or instructor. They can also make a digital copy on local storage media such as a USB flash drive.

For any use that exceeds the authorized limits in your college licence, you need to get permission.

Access to SAMUEL

Your college reproduction rights licence gives you access to Copibec’s digital content platform called SAMUEL at no extra charge.

Downloadable documents

Copyright empowering our cultural vitality (information leaflet)

Exclusions list (college licence)