Answered By: Matt Laidlow
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2024     Views: 2

How much of a copyright protected work can I copy for my class as an instructor?

Fair dealing allows for limited copying of short excerpts of copyright protected works. MRU has fair dealing limits for copying for educational purposes set out in the Fair Dealing Guidelines and summarized in the Quick Guide for Teaching & Copyright at MRU. Generally, you can copy up to 10% of a work or one chapter of a book. 

The material copied can only be distributed to students engaged in a specific course of study at MRU and cannot be made available to those not in the class. The short excerpt can be shared with your students as a class handout (or email); in D2L; or as part of a course pack. The fair dealing amount in the guidelines is per work per course per semester, meaning copying chapter after chapter from one book throughout the semester will not qualify. 

If you are copying material for use on a publicly accessible website, in publicity materials, for publication or any other use outside a course, you may need the permission of the copyright owner. Contact the Copyright Advisor ( for more information or for help obtaining permission. 

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