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VP Academic
Board of Governors
Effective Date
January 23, 2014

This policy outlines the responsibilities of the Justice Institute of British Columbia with respect to compliance with Canadian copyright law.

Policy Statement

The JIBC respects Canadian copyright law regarding the use of copyrighted works. Employees, students and contractors will comply with Canadian copyright law and will honour the intellectual property rights of creators, including moral rights. The Institute will facilitate educational use of copyrighted material and will communicate with employees, students and contractors regarding copyright law and policy.


This Policy applies to all Institute employees, students and contractors who reproduce and use copyright protected works in all media and formats in the course of Institute teaching, learning, research and administrative activities.


Copyright - Literally, copyright means the “right to copy.” The Canadian Copyright Act grants copyright owners the sole and exclusive right to reproduce, perform, or publish a work. These rights give copyright holders control over the use of their creations, and an ability to benefit, monetarily and otherwise, from the exploitation of their works (Harris, 2013, p. 1).

Creator - The author, inventor, initiator, or developer of the intellectual property, includes co-creators.

Employees - For the purpose of this policy, employees are defined as faculty (including sessional and seconded personnel) and staff.

Intellectual Property - Copyright law is one area of a larger body of law called “intellectual property,” or IP. The word intellectual is used to distinguish it from “physical” property. Intellectual property law refers to and protects the intangible or intellectual nature of an object, whereas physical property law refers to and protects the tangible or physical aspect of an object (Harris, 2013. p. 1).

Moral Rights - Protects the personality or reputation of an author. An author retains these rights even after assigning copyright in a work. Moral rights include the right to paternity (to claim ownership, to remain anonymous, to use a pseudonym) the right to integrity (to prevent changes to a work) and the right to association, (to prevent the use of the work in association with a product, service, cause or institution) (Harris, 2013).

Works - Published and unpublished creative works such as:

  1. Literary works including manuscripts, tables, and computer programs;
  2. Dramatic works including recitation, choreography, mime, play, cinematography with dramatic elements;
  3. Musical works including a musical composition; and
  4. Artistic works including paintings, drawings, maps, charts, plans, photographs, engravings, sculptures, works of artistic craftsmanship and architectural works.

Harris, L. E. (2013). Canadian copyright law. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

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