Can copies be made on public scanners without infringing copyright?
Public scanners are provided to allow patrons to make copies of their own works and to facilitate uses allowed under the fair dealing section of the Canadian Copyright Act, in particular, those involving research and private study and review or criticism.
Good scholarly practice includes respect for copyright law and the citation of sources when other people's works are being used.
- Scan any unpublished work of which you are the author (class notes, term papers, poems, short stories, etc.) for any purpose;
- Scan snippets intended for inclusion in classroom presentations using Power Point ™ or similar programs (always cite the author and the source appropriately); or
- can a complete journal article, a newspaper page, or a chapter from a book for research, private study, review, criticism or news reporting pursuant to Memorial's Fair Dealing Policy.
You may not, unless you are the copyright holder, or have written permission from the copyright holder:
- Make multiple copies of a work;
- Use the scanned copy to distribute the work further in any form;
- Post the scanned copy to a web site or a social networking site; or,
- Engage in systematic scanning (e.g. scan all the chapters in a book or articles in a journal issue one at a time).
When you incorporate scanned works into your own work (term papers, other class assignments, etc.), always cite the author and the source appropriately.
For a more detailed description of the limitations on fair dealing, see Memorial's Fair Dealing Policy and Fair Dealing FAQ. For questions regarding copyright, contact the Copyright Office. It is your responsibility to avoid infringement under the Copyright Act. Memorial University is not responsible for any acts that infringe copyright.