Expand Your Copyright Literacy 

Copyright in Canada: Key Points

Source: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. (2016). What is a Copyright (Canada). Government of Canada. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljNS5p3cqls

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What is Copyright in Canada?



Copyright works include:

·      Literary (such as books, web pages, software coding)

·      Artistic (painting, drawing, photographs)

·      Dramatic

·      Musical

·      Sound Recordings

·      Communication signals, performers performances.


When does copyright protection begin?



What Exceptions to Copyright Exist for Educators?

Copyright benefits society by providing creator rights, thus encouraging the production of new works to expand knowledge. 

In order to balance creator rights with user rights and facilitate the use and distribution of works, there are exceptions to infringement (under certain conditions and for certain purposes).

The Fair Dealing exception to copyright limitations helps teachers by allowing for increased access to copyrighted material for the purpose of education and private study. Even so, it still places limits on how much a teacher a teacher can share as well as how it can be shared. 

The Fair Dealing Decision tool (below) provides an excellent illustration of how Fair Dealing allows teachers to use and share copyrighted materials in the physical (or secure online) classroom.

The Fair Dealing Decision Tool 

More about Fair Dealing and Classroom Use vs. Sharing Publicly

What is the Relationship Between Copyright & OER?

To share content publicly online, you have the right to do so only if:

How Open Licenses expand those rights:

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