Copyright Law in Canada protects a wide range of works. As noted in the Act, “copyright” in relation to a work, means the sole right to produce or reproduce the work or any substantial part of the material, to perform the work or any substantial part of it in public. If the work is unpublished, the copyright holder has the right to publish the work or any substantial part. For further details please refer to the Copyright Act.
Use of copyrighted works requires permission from the copyright owner unless one of the exceptions in the Copyright Act applies. While the Act contains other exceptions that might apply, “fair dealing” is an important provision within an educational context.
The fair dealing provision outlined in section 29, 29.1, and 29.2 in the Copyright Act permits the use of a copyright-protected work without permission from the copyright owner or the payment of copyright royalties.
To qualify as fair dealing, two tests must be passed:
These guidelines assume that the user is working with a copyright-protected work; a University license does not cover the work; and the copying is a substantial part. These guidelines only deal with situations where fair dealing is relevant and are a general description of the extent of copying that is likely to be considered fair dealing in most contexts in accordance with the Copyright Act and the Supreme Court decisions.
1. Faculty, staff and students may reproduce, communicate or otherwise deal with short excerpts or portions of a copyright-protected work for educational purposes. Copying for the purpose of research, private study, parody, satire, criticism, review or news reporting is permitted under the fair dealing exception.
2. Sources must be mentioned. Copying or communicating short excerpts from a copyright-protected work under these Fair Dealing Guidelines for the purpose of news reporting, criticism, or review must mention the source, and if given in the source, the name of the author or creator of the work.
3. Reproducing a single copy of a “short excerpt” from a copyright-protected work may be provided or communicated to each student enrolled in a class or course as:
As a guideline, copying a portion of up to 10 percent of a work may be within fair dealing provided that in each case, the excerpt contains no more of the work than is required to achieve the allowable purpose. More that 10 percent may be fine under certain circumstances such as copying:
Note that fair dealing analyses consider all factors, including both the quality and quantity of the dealing.
4. Copying or communicating multiple short excerpts from the same copyright-protected work, with the intention of copying or communicating substantially the entire work, is prohibited.
5. Any fee charged by the university for communicating or copying a short excerpt from a copyright protected work must be intended to cover only the costs of the university, including overhead costs.
If the dealing appears to fall outside the purpose and fairness factors of the fair dealing exception, you may need to examine additional statutory exceptions or seek clearance from the copyright owner before copying. The Fair Dealing exception is only one of several statutory exceptions contained in the Canadian Copyright Act. Other exceptions or conditions may apply to your situation.
Section 29.21 of the Copyright Act gives users the right to use published work to create a new work. It is often referred to as the mash-up provision.
The following conditions apply to any material created under this provision:
Examples of User-Generated Content:
What you may not do:
For the purposes of education or training, educational institutions or a person acting under its authority may do any of the following:
Reproduction for Instruction (Section 29.4)
Reproduce a work or do any other necessary act in order to display it. For further details, see section 29.4 of the Copyright Act.
Reproduction for Examinations (Section 29.4)
This exception is not applicable for works that may be located with reasonable effort or are commercially available, except in the case of manual reproduction (i.e. onto a whiteboard, flip chart, or any other surface intended for displaying handwritten material).
Performances (Section 29.5)
Educational institutions and persons acting under the authority of an educational institution are allowed to carry out the following performances, if performed on Ontario Tech premises for educational or training purposes and not for profit, before an audience consisting primarily of students, faculty or any person who is directly responsible for setting a curriculum for Ontario Tech if:
News and Commentary (Section 29.6)
A single copy of a news program or a news commentary program may be made, excluding documentaries, for the purposes of performing the copy for educational or training purposes.
Reproduction of Broadcast (Section 29.7)
A single copy of a work may be created by a member of an educational institution at of public broadcast. The copy may be kept for up to thirty (30) days to decide whether to perform it for educational or training purposes. If the copy is not destroyed by the expiration of thirty (30) days, copyright is infringed, unless royalties are paid.
Section 30.04 of the Copyright Act allows work available through the Internet to be reproduced, communicated or performed for an audience consisting primarily of Ontario Tech students or other persons acting under Ontario Tech’s authority, for educational or training purposes as long as the source is mentioned and the name of the author, performer, maker or broadcaster is credited if it is given.
This provision does not apply if:
Please note that copyright holders may require a particular type of attribution (e.g. Creative Commons).
Section 32 of the Copyright Act permits for a person with a perceptual disability (individuals who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled), for a person acting at the request of such a person, or for a non-profit organization acting for the benefit of such a person to:
This provision applies to literary, musical, artistic or dramatic work. This does not apply to cinematographic work. This exception allows the user to create copies in a format specially designed for persons with a perceptual disability. Perceptually disabled students include blind and visually impaired students, as well as students with learning disabilities and physical disabilities.
Educational institutions may not make a large-print book for a student with a perceptual disability without permission from the copyright owner. This provision does not apply in situations where the work or sound recording is commercially available in a format designed to meet the needs of the individual with a perceptual disability.