Copyright Services

Questions about copyright? We're here to help.

The Copyright Office provides support to all members of the University community to ensure that copyright protected works used for educational purposes are compliant with both the Copyright Act and the UM Copyright Guidelines. All University community members are required to respect copyright. Staff and students play a key role in copyright compliance by ensuring that user rights for educational purposes are balanced with the rights of content creators from around the world.

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Copyright Solutions for Faculty and Instructors

A collaborative effort between the Copyright Office and the UM Libraries, Copyright Solutions is a service dedicated to assisting faculty and instructors in using copyright protected works in course materials. Copyright Solutions can assist you in:

  • verifying the copyright status of materials accessed through the Libraries and other sources;
  • providing reliable permalinks to e-resources accessed through the Libraries' website;
  • determining whether Fair Dealing or other Copyright Act exemptions apply;
  • researching copyright ownership and securing permission as needed (some restrictions apply);
  • locating new or alternative works to use instead of resources that have copyright restrictions;
  • ensuring compliant use of chapters, articles, figures, tables, photos and other content.

Group information sessions are offered regularly. If you prefer to schedule a group session specifically for your unit, or if you would like one-on-one help, contact or call Tobe Duggan at 204-474-9607.

Other copyright resources are available from the Copyright Office website. A network of liaison librarians with subject area expertise may also assist you in locating appropriate resources.

Copyright Support for Students

In most circumstances, as a student you own the copyright in your original research, papers, assignments, projects, presentations, etc. However, if you have included text, tables, figures, photos or images from other sources, including from your instructor, you do not necessarily have permission to copy or share that content, even if you cited the sources.  

If you want to use content created by others that will be publicly available on a UM website, such as MSpace (for theses and dissertations) or a departmental page, you must ensure that a Copyright Act exemption applies, or that you have permission from the copyright owner.

For general copyright guidance on University-related matters, send questions to or call the Copyright Office at 204-474-7277 or 204-474-9607.

Copyright information sessions for graduate students working on their theses or dissertations are offered every fall and spring. Topics such as applying copyright exemptions, using copyright-friendly online resources, and how to obtain permission are covered in the presentation. See GradSteps for dates and registration details.

Other copyright resources for both undergraduate and graduate students are available from the Copyright Office website.

Copyright Support for Staff and Researchers

Take the guess-work out of copyright by scheduling an information session for your department or unit or just for yourself. Sessions can be scheduled at a location and time that works for you. In 30 minutes or less, we'll cover:

  • copyright basics, Fair Dealing, and the UM Copyright Guidelines;
  • use of photos, artwork and other images in social media or public places such as conference venues and UM webpages;
  • locating copyright information and terms of use from online sources;
  • how to find copyright-friendly resources like Creative Commons (CC) and public domain works.

To schedule a presentation for your unit or to get more information, contact or call the Copyright Office at 204-474-7277 or 204-474-9607. 

Other copyright resources are available from the Copyright Office website.

Contact the Copyright Office

Copyright Office
203 Allen Physics Building
204-474-7277 or 204-474-9607

Remember, use it fairly - keep it legal.

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