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Copyright Guide for Faculty and Staff

Information on Access Copyright vs. York University Federal Court Decision

There has been a lot of activity about the Federal Court decision in favour of Access Copyright against York University. York has decided to appeal the decision. Below are some important blog posts with information from legal and academic perspectives:

The official decision by the Federal Court of Canada:

Michael Geist's breakdown of the decision can be found here:

Howard Knopf has a few blog posts on the decision, the most thorough can be found here:

Ariel Katz breaks down the decision reflecting on the arguments by both parties very well:

York has recently issued notice of appeal and released this statement:

For more information, please contact Amy and/or Simon at:


General Copyright Statement

Saint Mary’s University understands both the desire to protect scholarly research and writing, and the need to exchange and advance knowledge. Faculty and Staff must comply with the Copyright Act. Saint Mary's University believes in fairly compensating content creators for their contributions to academic advancement, while maximizing the permissions granted to us through our paid licensing agreements, as well as the educational exceptions in the Copyright Act.

Reproducing a work can include photocopying, scanning, downloading or uploading the material.

This guide was created in an effort to ensure full copyright compliance and to offer as much copyright support as possible to faculty & staff.

If you have any questions, feedback or suggestions relating to copyright or this guide please do not hesitate to contact the library to have your concerns met.

Please note: a separate guide has been set up to support students in remaining copyright compliant.

Thank you.

Information Sessions

If you would like to schedule a session for your department please contact us. If you have thoughts, questions or concerns related to copyright please do not hesitate to contact Marie (5532) or Simon (6321) and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Copyright Contact at Saint Mary's

General contact:

Copyright Office


Marie DeYoung

University Librarian/Copyright Officer

Patrick Power Library

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

tel 902-420-5532


Amy Lorencz

Cataloguing and Copyright Librarian

Patrick Power Library

Saint Mary’s University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS

B3H 3C3

Tel 902-420-5174


Simon Bonnell

Copyright Assistant

Patrick Power Library

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

tel 902-491-6321



Please note: This guide does not provide legal advice. It is intended to give guidance about acceptable use of copyright protected materials.