Copyright for You and Me!

Useful Copyright information for teachers

What is copyright?

Copyright is protecting your original and creative work. When you use other peoples original work for your own purposes you must give proper citation.

We need to be honest, and respectful to give proper credit where credit is due. You need to ask permission before you use anything that is not your original creation and give proper citations in your work.

In Canada, when a product is finished, it is automatically copyrighted.

Teachers need to set an example for their students by respecting copyright laws. They need to know what they can use and how much they can use in their classroom.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a website that offers free copyright license. It allows you to share your work with others and you can personalize your own copyright. It can be flexible to allow you to share as much as you want or as little. You can share, reuse, and remix. Creative Commons. Org (video link)

Creative Commons: Remix
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What is Fair Dealing?

Teachers, in an educational setting/non for profit setting, can use and copy various works without copyright infringement as long as they are short excerpts.

Refer to the Copyright Matters document here:

Refer to the video below:

Dealing Fairly with Copyright-Protected Works of Others

Interesting Copyright Facts about Books, Music and Movies:

1. Books/Articles- a teacher can copy for educational purposes are:

An example of what a short excerpt means;

- Up to 10% of a copyright-protected work

- One chapter of a book

- A single article from a periodical

- An entire newspaper article

- An entire poem or musical from a copyright-protected work

2. Music in and outside of the classroom- example of situations are:

"Where music is performed for a non-educational objective, SOCAN and Re:Sound tariffs apply. Examples that require royalty payments include music performed for extracurricular activities such as an assembly, background music, a school dance, or a fashion show. "Current statements of applicable fees can be found on the SOCAN Web site at and on the Re:Sound Web site at"

On the Resound website and this is under playing music in businesses:

"When you buy a CD or album or purchase a track or album online, you have paid for your personal use of it and the right to perform it publicly is not included.

Where a business or other music user publicly performs or broadcasts music, they are making an additional use of the music that is subject to a separate compensation. Music adds real value to a variety of businesses. It forms the core content of commercial radio, and provides the soundtrack for retailers and restaurateurs. Under section 19 of the Copyright Act, artists and record companies are entitled to fair compensation for the value of their work."

We must compensate the artists when we use Music that we purchased for personal use and not used for a specific educational purposes.

3. Movies in the classroom/ Netflix:

What is the copyright policy in schools using Netflix to show movies?

On Page 16 of Copyright Matters it states:

"Showing movies from subscription services in the classroom is governed by the terms of the agreement between the subscriber and the subscription service. If the agreement provides that use is limited to “personal” or “household” use, for example, then classroom use is not permitted under the agreement."

Can a school get permission or buy an account to show movies using Netflix?

one answer from a blog by Dr. Barbara Schroeder:

"How can a school provide Netflix content to its classrooms? A school could purchase a Netflix account which could stream to 6 different devices (6 teachers’ classrooms). They would need to purchase additional licenses, for additional teachers. But at $7.99 a month and unlimited streaming of content, this could be an excellent way to augment a teacher’s digital library."

She also recommended this site as a resource for using Netlfix in the classroom: Stream Your Education Online at Netflix.


Character Development

As teachers we need to set an example for our students to be respectful of other people’s original work by teaching them to cite references and to not copy whole works either from print or on-line. Respect, honesty, and integrity are in line with the TDSB Character Development development

We need to model respect in copying materials for classroom use. Show honesty by always citing where the resource came from. Integrity by doing the right thing when no one is watching- not copying whole books or on-line resources. How can we be good copyright role models by talking about copyright issues with the students? Demonstrating proper citation i.e. name of the person, date, source. If it is an image provide the name and link.

Teamwork- let’s not forget about the plus sides to copyright!! You can share each other’s works and reuse and remix. Be creative, have fun and discover new ideas but in a respectful way!!!

Resources to teach about Copyright