Common Copyright Mistakes


Faculty and staff frequently deal with copywritten material in the course of their everyday work. Are you making one of these top three copyright errors when it comes to your educational materials ?

Copyright Common Mistakes

1) Too Much of a Good Thing

  • In general, you should not exceed sharing 10% of a given resource for fair dealing purposes. Contact the Copyright Office or consult the University of Winnipeg Copyright Policy for more guidance.
  • To fairly use articles from journals for educational purposes, you should limit your use to one article from a particular issue.
  • To fairly use chapters from a book, you should limit your use to one chapter.

2) Not Citing Your Sources

  • Full citations for all course materials, images, and other media are just as important for you to use as they are for your students.
  • For more information about citing images and other formats, please see our Format Specific Guidelines

3) Downloaded Content

  • Sharing videos, images, PDFs, and other resources you have downloaded or scanned yourself may be an infringement of copyright.
  • Linking to licensed or public domain content with a URL is the safest way of ensuring you are not providing access to infringing materials.


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