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Copyright and Intellectual Property

Copyright Guide

The Guide is provided for informational and educational purposes, to promote compliance with copyright laws and best practices.  It is not intended as legal advice. Consultations on the guide were held with members of the faculty and Deans.

Guide revised in 2014 to reflect changes in Canadian legislation, recent court decisions, University policy and the introduction of the UDST learning management system (D2L). This guide is not intended as legal advice.

Guide was revised in 2018 and 2020. A partial revision was undertaken in 2022.

UDST Standing Committee on Copyright (2009-2011)

From the Chair...

Operating a campus of a Canadian institution in an international country presents interesting challenges and interpretations when dealing with country-specific legislation and international treaties.  Copyright falls with this domain.

In 2007, the Vice-President, Qatar Project provided the following direction, "Employees of CNA-Q are expected to respect and comply with the laws of the State of Qatar and, unless they conflict, the laws of Canada on all matters including copyright protection." This direction has guided the work on copyright adherence and support at the Qatar campus.

University Policy and Procedures

University policy and procedures and the Library's licensing agreements guide copyright compliance at UDST.

Copyright Symbol used with attribution and permission

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The copyright symbol is automatically applied to original works such as books, articles, videos, music, paintings, photographs, broadcasts, performances, software and digital works (CDs, DVDs, websites).