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When using (e.g. copying, modifying) copyright-protected works, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are not violating copyright law.
Unless stated otherwise, all works you come across, whether in print or online, are copyrighted.
When using copyrighted works, it is important that you have legally obtained that work.
Examples of legally obtained works:
Examples of works that may not be legally obtained:
Best practices for the use of copyrighted works include:
It is always recommended to follow the appropriate citation style rules for your discipline to cite any works you use. The following citation styles are commonly used at Red Deer College:
If you are using openly licensed works (e.g. public domain, creative commons), always attribute in the format the creator has indicated. If there are no instructions from the creator, try using the Open Attribution Builder from Open Washington.
For educators, the following document presents best practices for attributing and citing copyrighted works in your courses and presentations at the college:
If you are concerned that your use of a work is not covered by Fair Dealing Guidelines, the Library can help you to request permission from the copyright holder to use the work.
Want to learn more about when and how to request permission? Watch the University of Alberta's Asking Permission and Transactional Licences (5:28).
Below are two sample letters to help you get started with your request for permission:
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