As an increasing number of questions have been raised about electronic documents and the ability to copy and distribute them, it becomes clear the institution needed to develop a statement on copyright. The purpose of the document is to provide a basis for guiding practice.
The writers understand that the field of copyright law and interpretation of fair use is in great flux and we will not be able to write a definitive policy that will have much staying power. Instead of that, we have written what might be called guidelines that will need to be revised frequently as the legal landscape changes. As the appendix to this statement indicates, we believe that an educational program will be very important follow-up to the implementation of the guidelines.
Our copyright policy
Without limiting anything set forth in these terms, and in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have the following copyright policy: We will terminate the privileges of any user who uses this site unlawfully to transmit copyrighted material without a license, express consent, valid defense or fair-use exemption to do so. The text, images, graphics, sound files, animation files, video files are all subject to copyright and other intellectual property protection. These objects may not be copied for commercial use or distribution, nor may these objects be modified or reposted to other sites. In particular, the users who submit user content to this site, whether articles, images, stories, software or other copyrightable material, must ensure that the content they upload does not infringe the copyrights or other rights of third parties (such as privacy or publicity rights).
After proper notification by the copyright holder or its agent to us, and confirmation through court order or admission by the user that he has used this site as an instrument of unlawful infringement, we will terminate the infringing user's rights to use and/or access to this site. We may also in our sole discretion decide to terminate a user's rights to use or access to the site prior to that time if we have a good-faith belief that the alleged infringement has in fact occurred. Should you believe that your copyright has been infringed through the use of this site, please contact us:
391 Bloor St. West,
Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 1X4