When instructors move course materials online the library staff is available remotely to assist them with questions and in sourcing suitable course material. All staff and faculty are required to adhere to Red River College’s Fair Dealing Policy in regards to copyright content when teaching online and when uploading materials to Learn.
Linking to publicly available online content (news articles, websites, online videos, etc.) is rarely a copyright issue. To be safe, and to respect the rights of content creators, avoid linking to content that clearly infringes copyright (pirated content) such as full-motion pictures that have been uploaded by independent users.
Example: Linking to an animated short film uploaded by Disney on YouTube would be linking to a legal copy, linking to a full-length Disney movie uploaded by "Sally123" would likely be linking to a copy that infringes on copyright.
Linking to most YouTube videos, especially ones that allow sharing and embedding, is acceptable for teaching and instruction. Linking to video streaming content through the library is also a great option. Much of the library’s licensed content will have DOIs, PURLs, or other "permalink" or “persistent link” options, all of which should work even for off-campus users.
This resource has been adapted for Canadian universities by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries from material prepared by the Copyright Office, University of Minnesota document Copyright Services, Rapidly shifting your course from in-person to online. Unless otherwise noted, all content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License. We would like to acknowledge some contributions of adaptation language from the University of Toronto Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office and Ryerson University Library.