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:
- Check that the content is NOT on the Exclusions List
- Stay within the licence’s usage limits
- Indicate the bibliographic references for the reproduced content
- Report what you have reproduced
Types of use 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.
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:
Put 15 pages from a 100-page book on the learning management system for your students
Hand out photocopies of a newspaper page in class
Display a magazine article on screen for your class
Reproduce an entire chapter from a college education publication without exceeding 10% of the book or 25 pages
Include a short story in a coursepack distributed to your students
Include the lyrics to a song in a coursepack
Put a chart or image from a book on your college’s secure network
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.