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Is it an infringement to copy something from a website?

Everything on the web is automatically protected by copyright. As a general rule, when sharing materials on the web, the best practice is to publish a link to the work, rather than make a copy. Posting a link is not an infringement since no copy of the work has been made. Posting or emailing material that has been copied from the web for the purposes of sharing it with a group is likely an infringement if no permissions were obtained from the copyright holder. If the website includes mechanisms for sharing, these often constitute permissions. In certain circumstances a single copy of a work on the web may be made for your personal use in accordance with the fair dealing provisions in the Copyright Act.

It is your responsibility to avoid infringement under the Copyright Act. Memorial University is not responsible for any acts that infringe copyright.

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