2017 Access Copyright Decision

On July 12, 2017, Access Copyright won the first phase of a lawsuit in the Federal Court against York University. Carleton is reviewing the decision and consulting with Universities Canada and its member universities. We understand that York is appealing the court decision. Further information will be posted as it develops.

In the meantime, please continue to submit course material through the Library Reserves system. Library staff make the readings accessible to students in compliance with the Copyright Act by seeking and purchasing permissions when required; purchasing and licensing resources; and by the application of the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright Act. Carleton will continue to respect Copyright Law and the balance between the interests of copyright holders and users as recognized and endorsed in Supreme Court of Canada jurisprudence.

Copyright at Carleton

When you use copyrighted material, you are responsible for:

  • determining what the copyright is for the work, and
  • acting in a manner consistent with both Carleton policy and the Copyright Act.

​The resources here will help you respect copyright and make the most of your access rights to copyrighted material.

The library has experts to help with copyright questions. E-mail them at copyright@carleton.ca.

Carleton opted out of Access Copyright in 2011. The university is responsible for complying with copyright laws, rules and regulations. University and Library policies and procedures ensure that copyright regulations are respected, required permissions are obtained and necessary costs are covered.

Carleton updated its Fair Dealing Policy in 2012 to reflect the 2012 revision to Canada's Copyright Act.

For more detailed information: