Under the educational exceptions in the Copyright Act, a variety of situations may dictate your use of a copyright-protected work:
Reproduction for use in class, exams, and tests
A work may be copied for display in class (e.g., lecture presentation) or copied, translated or performed for an exam or test, so long as the material is:
- Copied by the University or a person acting under its authority;
- Used for educational and training purposes;
- Performed on the premises of the University; and
- Not commercially available – a commercially available work may be used if it is manually reproduced (e.g., a diagram drawn on a chalkboard) or if is not available in an appropriate format at a reasonable cost.
You may present the entirety of a performance (live performance, sound recording, audiovisual work) on University premises for non-commercial purposes, so long as it is for the purpose of education or training, the copy was obtained legitimately (e.g., owned, borrowed, rented or transmitted live by telecommunication), and your audience consists primarily of students, instructors, or any person who is directly responsible for setting curriculum at the University.
News and commentary
You may make a single copy of a news program or news commentary, excluding documentaries, at the time of its telecommunication and present the copy, so long as it is presented for educational purposes to an audience consisting primarily of students.
You may make a single copy of a broadcast at the time of its telecommunication and keep it for up to 30 days. If you decide to present the broadcast for educational or training purposes to an audience consisting primarily of students, it may be necessary to pay royalties.
Works available through the Internet
For educational purposes, you may freely copy, play in class, or distribute to students, materials that you have found on the Internet, under the following conditions:
- The material was posted legitimately – work available through the Internet may not be reproduced if you know, or should have known, that the work was made available without the consent of the copyright holder;
- There is no visible notice prohibiting use – must be something more than the copyright symbol;
- There is no digital lock preventing access or copying; and
- The source and author of the work are properly acknowledged.