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Copyright & bCourses for Course Instructors: Home

This guide helps instructors determine whether copyrighted content can be posted to bCourse sites.

How to Use this Guide

This guide helps instructors answer the question, "Can I post this content to my bCourse site?"  The guide provides workflow questions to help you make this decision.

  • If the answer is "yes" to any of these workflow questions, an instructor can post content, itself, rather than a link to it.  
  • If the answer to all the questions is "no," an instructor should post a link to the content, or ask for the copyright holder's permission to post.  

Remember, it is always permissible (and thus advisable) to link to content - rather than uploading the content, itself - obviating the need to answer the copyright workflow questions.  If you would like the Library's assistance finding and linking to materials, please consult the lib guide Course Readings in bCourses

Best Practices, Not Legal Advice

  • The information presented by the Library here is intended for information purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice.  
  • While the Library cannot provide legal advice, we are available to consult with instructors as you consider course content issues in greater detail. To schedule a consultation, please e-mail the Scholarly Communication Officer, Rachael Samberg, at
  • For additional information on using copyrighted materials, please visit the UC's guide to Copyright Use.

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