When entering open access material format into the iPORTAL, there is a need to consider copyright rules. Articles accessed through SFX are already protected under licensing agreements. For others the question asked is: Does this material have any copyright statements that would make our linking to it an offense under Canadian Law? Breaking copyright would put the credibility of our service (Indigenous Portal), the University Library and the University of Saskatchewan under question, as well there is the potential for litigation should we break copyright.

This became a serious matter after the University of Saskatchewan decided not to buy into the new Proposed Access Copyright Tariff and the Interim Tariff Agreement ended on August 31, 2011. As we are all well aware of the fact that law is not an exact science, manoeuvring to ensure we do not break copyright is a very delicate task. There is much at stake here and we know what role we need to play in being guardians for the University. We take this responsibility seriously and attempt to ensure that we are staying within the parameters set by the law as we know and understand it.

Copyright is an issue that will not lessen any time soon and we are well aware that we need to remain diligent in our knowledge of changes in the issue.

If unsure of copyright, set the information aside until either the supervisor or the department head can make a decision.