Introduction to Canadian Copyright and Open Licensing for OER

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This webinar will introduce the purpose and structure of Canada’s copyright regime and focus on its relevance for OE practitioners.

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What do you need to know about copyright and open licensing when using or building OER? For example, what exactly can you do with existing OER? When do librarians and instructors need to ask permission to use someone else’s images, text, or video in new OER? Where does fair dealing "fit" in the OER landscape?

This webinar will (briefly) introduce the purpose and structure of Canada’s copyright regime with a focus on its relevance for open education practitioners. The relationship between post-secondary institutions and creators and users of copyright-protected material will be explored, as well as the nature and use of open licensing. An introduction to the Creative Commons (CC) licences will round out the session. Do you know which CC licences are OER-compatible?

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Amanda Wakaruk (MLIS, MES) is the copyright librarian at the University of Alberta. In addition to developing copyright literacy programming, supporting various OER projects, and liaising with academic and administrative units across four campuses, she continues to advocate for the long-overdue reform of Canada’s approach to Crown copyright. Amanda is a lead content contributor on a faculty-led, multi-year, grant-funded project to develop a set of OER copyright literacy instructional modules, found at

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Fields, CARL Visiting Program Officer for Open Education ( or Lise Brin, Program Officer at CARL (

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