Copyright Services Office

The staff in the Copyright Services Office are available to assist with any copyright-related questions or concerns that you might have. Whether you’re assembling presentation slides using images from online sources, creating a coursepack, posting content to FanshaweOnline, showing a film in class, or photocopying from a book to distribute handouts in class, we’re here to provide you with the necessary information and resources so that you can make use of copyright-protected content for educational purposes.

There are a number of reasons why it’s important that the College and its faculty and staff comply with copyright law and adhere to the College’s Copyright Policy and Fair Dealing Guidelines as well as any applicable contracts and license agreements. These reasons include:

  • As both creators and users of copyright-protected content, it’s important that the rights conferred upon creators of content are respected and the permitted exceptions for users of content are not misused.
  • Operating in accordance with the law will significantly reduce the possibility of the College or individual faculty members from being liable for or at risk of copyright infringement.
  • The demonstration of copyright compliance and the modeling of academic honesty and integrity are best practices that will likely be reflected in students’ work while they’re at the College and when they enter the workforce.

Many of the copyright-related services and resources for faculty and staff are available through the Copyright at Fanshawe website. This is where you’ll find information on the basics of copyright, how to apply copyright in the classroom and within FanshaweOnline, how to assess online content, and sources of alternative content.

If you’re wondering whether the handout you’ve photocopied or scanned adheres to the Fair Dealing Guidelines, if a video you’ve found online can be shown in class, or if you’d like your presentation slides or coursepack screened, you’re welcome to submit the content to the Copyright Management System and we’ll screen it and provide you feedback or alternatives. You’re also welcome to email ( your content and questions directly to us or stop by the office for a consult if you’d like to meet in person.

As part of your orientation and training, you’ll be completing the Copyright Literacy in Ontario Colleges modules which will provide you with a general overview of how copyright works and how you can work with it. The modules also contain many additional video and printable handouts that you can access whenever you need to.

Please know that we’re here to help with the navigation, interpretation, and application of copyright law so that you can focus on teaching. If you have any copyright-related questions or concerns, please feel free to call, email, or stop by.


Wilson Poulter, Copyright Services Officer