If you want to show a television news program in the classroom, under the Copyright Act of Canada educational institutions (or those acting under their authority) may copy television news programs or news commentaries and play them in class.
You may perform a work available through the Internet, e.g. YouTube videos, except under the following circumstances:
• The work is protected by digital locks preventing their performance
• A clearly visible notice prohibiting educational use is posted on the website or on the work itself.
• You have reason to believe that the work available on the internet is in violation of the copyright owner’s rights.
For Creative Commons materials, visit the Creative Commons website for more information or check out their content directories which list audio, video, image and text materials available under Creative Commons licensing. For public domain material, simply search online for ‘public domain’ and the type of material you’re interested in. Some useful sites include: Project Gutenberg (the largest collection of copyright-free books online) and Wikipedia, which has an entire page dedicated to public domain resources.
The information in this guide was derived from the copyright documentation created and generously shared by the following post-secondary institutions:
This guide provides information about copyright, licensing and related topics. It is not intended as legal advice.
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