All Royal Roads students are required to submit a copy of their thesis or dissertation for publication in DSpace@RRU (Royal Roads University’s digital archive), Library and Archives Canada, and ProQuest.
Copies of your work will be available for sale online through ProQuest, which means that your thesis or dissertation is technically a commercial work. Many organizations allow use of their work for non-commercial, educational purposes without permission; this does not necessarily apply to your thesis or dissertation. While writing your thesis or dissertation it is important to remember this fact, and as you choose ‘third party’ materials (any material that you did not create yourself, such as figures, maps, diagrams, photographs, and long quotations), to illustrate your own work, know that you will need to obtain copyright permission for these from the copyright owner(s) before your thesis or dissertation can be published.
You are personally responsible for ensuring that your thesis or dissertation complies with Canadian Copyright Law by obtaining copyright permission to use third-party material in your thesis or dissertation. By submitting your thesis or dissertation for publication you are confirming that you have obtained any necessary copyright permissions.
This guide is designed to help you understand your responsibilities, and provide resources to help you obtain copyright permissions.
1. It's good scholarly practice.
2. There may be legal consequences if you don't
3. Employers expect you to be aware of copyright.
4. Copyright doesn't just protect other people's works; it protects yours as well.