Can I Use That?
A Quick Guide to Copyright In Canada
Copyright rules are always changing and it can be very difficult to keep up. This is a quick guide to help you navigate the world of copyright to ensure that you are not infringing on copyright in an educational setting. Below is a list of how much of a work you can copy without infringing on copyright.
How Much Can I Copy?
The following explains just how much you can legally copy from a copyright-protected work:
- up to 10% of a copyright-protected work (i.e. literary work, musical score, sound recording or an audiovisual work)
- one chapter from a book
- a single article from a periodical
- an entire artistic work (i.e. a painting, print, photograph, etc.) from a copyright-protected work
- an entire newspaper article or page
- an entire single poem or musical score from a copyright-protected work containing other poems or musical scores
- an entire entry from an encyclopedia, annotated bibliography, dictionary or similar reference work
- Copying for instruction, tests and examinations
- Copying statues, regulations and court decisions foruse in class
- Copying for students with perceptual disabilities
- Listening to a sound recording, the radio or TV in your class (with conditions)
- Performance of a play in class
- Performing live music (with conditions)
- Using copyright-protected works to create new works
- Copying news and news-commentary programs from radio or television
- Showing an audiovisual work on school property (as long as it is not Netflix)
- Streaming live or recorded lessons for students
- Copying from the Internet (provided you cite your sources)
- Making a large-print book for students with a perceptual disability without permission from the copyright owners
- Showing copyright-protected material for profit without permission or paying for it
- Showing copyright-protected material to people other than primarily the students at your school
- Copying or printing musical scores without the copyright owner's permission
- Performing copyright-protected material off of school property
- Copying an audiovisual work at home and showing it in the classroom
- Copying computer software for education use (there are only two situations that this is permitted)
- Breaking digital locks to use copyright-protected materials that you have the legal right to use
- Using student work as an exemplar, as part of a teaching workshop, in a Web posting or in a school publication without permission of the student and/or their legal guardian
Need More Information on Copyright?
If you are looking for more information on copyright, please visit the links provided below!
Copyright Matters: Some Key Questions & Answers For Teachers 3rd ed. (2012) Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, Canadian School Boards Association and Canadian Teachers’ Federation