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Copyright and Course Websites

Provides answers to common questions about copyright and course websites, including when and how materials can be posted on Canvas.

Copyright and Course Websites

Welcome to the Copyright and Course Websites guide from the University of Michigan Library Copyright Office. University of Michigan policy allows instructors to make their own decisions about posting materials on course websites, such as Canvas sites. Often, those decisions involve legal questions about copyright. This guide aims to help instructors make decisions about what materials to post, and under what circumstances. It covers the following topics:

Last revised on September 15, 2017.

Services of the University of Michigan Library Copyright Office

Our office provides information to help you make decisions about sharing and using copyrighted material in your research, learning, and teaching. In addition to copyright guides like this one and online resources on our website, please take advantage of our person-to-person services.

Email Us

Use our email address to ask questions about copyright.

Make an Appointment

We offer virtual 1:1 appointments for U-M students, faculty, and staff. To make an appointment at another time, please email us.

Attend a Workshop

We offer public workshops on copyright. We also offer customized copyright education (presentations, workshops, etc.) for university groups, including faculty, staff, and students. Please email us to request this.

External Services

Although we provide information and education about copyright, we are not able to provide legal advice.

Some copyright-related issues are handled elsewhere at the university:

  • If you have specific legal questions pertaining to the University of Michigan, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.

  • If you believe your copyright has been infringed on a web site hosted by the university, please contact our DMCA agent.

  • If you have questions about using the university trademarks, including the Block M, please consult the Permissions Guide from the university's Office of Communications.

If you require legal advice in your personal capacity, the lawyer referral services operated by the Washtenaw County Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan may be helpful to you.