Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Intellectual Property Office

Copyright is an intellectual property right that is very important to TRU faculty, staff and students as we are all creators and consumers of various forms of intellectual property.Infringing copyright is a serious matter and TRU requires faculty, staff and students to comply with the Copyright Act of Canada.

The Intellectual Property Office is committed to ensuring that the TRU community is both compliant with, and benefitting from, copyright law in Canada.

We pursue these goals through:

  1. Educating the TRU community about copyright law and best practices;
  2. Maintaining a rights and permissions database.

New Faculty Orientation

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Copyright Basics

Copyright Law: A brief summary of rights in Canadian Copyright law.

Frequently Asked Questions

A list of common questions and answers for copyright users on campus.

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Clearing Copyright

Use this guide to help you determine if you can use material in classes, exams, learning management systems and coursepacks.

Court decision

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, the Federal Court of Canada issued its decision in the litigation between Access Copyright and York University. The decision is over 100 pages and can be read here.

Copyright course

Confused about copyright and fair dealing? Not sure what you can use in your course? Check out our new Copyright and Fair Dealing Training course. Learn about copyright laws, fair dealing and other exceptions, and TRU's fair dealing policy.


The information on TRU's Intellectual Property Office website is not intended as legal advice. If you have questions or concerns about using third-party materials in your courses, in course packs or in Moodle, please don’t hesitate to contact the Intellectual Property Office at We are here to help!

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