Broadcast E-mail: Update on Copyright Resources and CWL Terms of Use, May 1, 2013

The following message is sent on behalf of David H. Farrar, Provost and Vice President Academic (Vancouver) and Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal (Okanagan).

On August 24, 2012, we notified you of the landmark decisions issued by the Supreme Court of Canada and the impact that they would have on UBC. At that time, we also notified you that the House of Commons and the Senate had passed Bill C-11 (The Copyright Modernization Act) and anticipated that it would be proclaimed into law later in 2012. Bill C-11 was proclaimed into force on November 7, 2012. It represents a major shift in the rights and responsibilities of authors, publishers and consumers of copyrighted materials. “Education” is now a specific exception in Canadian copyright law and UBC has updated its guidance documents to reflect this and the many other changes to the Copyright Act.

Available at are the following updated materials:

Now that this updated guidance information is available to our academic community, CWL account holders are being notified and asked to review and acknowledge this updated information. As we indicated last August, similar notification and acknowledgement opportunities will occur whenever this information is updated and, in any event, at least annually.

To assist you to understand your rights and obligations under copyright law and UBC’s requirements and guidelines, the Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office is available to advise faculty and staff on the application of UBC’s copyright requirements and guidelines and provide a range of services to support faculty, staff and students in the preparation of their course materials, assignments, presentations and publications.

For a detailed description of the changes made to the Copyright Act, please visit:

For more information and new developments about copyright, please consult the Copyright at UBC website at: If you have any questions about copyright please email and consider attending a workshop: