School Divisions & Open Licenses

When the Right to Apply an Open License Belongs to the School Division

In Canada, section 13(3) of the Copyright Act specifies:

When the author of a work is employed and creates a work during the course of their employment, then the employer shall, "in the absence of any agreement to the contrary, be the first owner of the copyright".

Ownership of Copyright, Subsection 13(3) of the Copyright Act, R.S., 1985, c. C-42

Retrieved from the Justice Department Website

Establishing Division Policy 


School Divisions Can Lead OER Efforts

As stated in the above document, school divisions can lead OER efforts through establishing policy and supporting open practice.

Washington Example

Open Licensing Policy

"OSPI policy requires all copyrightable intellectual property created by OSPI employees, contractors, and grantees to be openly licensed. This policy allows all stakeholders to realize the educational impact from the substantial investments the state, the federal government, and private foundations make in educational resources created by or for OSPI".

The OSPI Policy is Notable Because:


Copyright Act, R.S., 1985, c. C-42. Retrieved from the Justice Department Website