Q. May I post articles or other scanned materials to my Canvas course for students to read?
When deciding whether to post materials to Canvas you should consider a few things. First, if the content is available through one of the university's licensed databases or if a legal copy is available on the web you should link to it rather than scanning and uploading it to Canvas.
Second, if you choose to upload copyright protected content, you should always perform a fair use analysis. It is recommended that you also include a copyright notice somewhere in your online course letting students know that the material is to be used only for that specific course and should not be further disseminated. An example is below:
COPYRIGHT NOTICE: The University of Alabama at Birmingham is committed to complying with all applicable laws regarding copyright. Under certain circumstances, copyright law allows professors to provide copies of copyrighted works to students. These works may be used only to support the educational purposes of this class. No further transmission or electronic distribution of these works is permitted.