While fair dealing is arguably the most robust educational user's right, there are other exceptions in the Copyright Act for educational institutions that may be helpful in your teaching practice:
Reproduction for display
Right to show videos or play music
Reproduction for tests or exams
Reproduction for persons with perceptual disabilities
Work available through Internet
A users right available to everyone that permits the use of copyright protected content to make new content.
Sometimes referred to as the YouTube or mash-up provision.
This users right is available to everyone and is not restricted to education use or purposes.
It does have a few conditions:
No adverse effect on the original
Include credit to the original creators if it is "reasonable in the circumstances to do so"
The work used or copied does not infringe copyright
You can reproduce copyright protected content in order to display it for an educational purpose in the classroom.
The right does does not apply if the work or other subject-matter is commercially available in a medium that is appropriate.
Copyright Act, Section 29.4(1)
You CAN show films and documentaries on campus for educational or training purposes if the following conditions are met:
A legally acquired copy means a non-pirated copy that was:
Copyright Act, Section 29.5
For social, fundraiser, or non-educational events, a public performance rights licence is required to show films. Audio Cine Films and Criterion Pictures provide various licencing options such as one-time screening, annual performance, etc. Please contact your Campus Library if you would like more information.
NSCC has licensed access to high quality streaming video collections.
Faculty, staff and students can access these collections through the library website.
Learn more about these resources on the Streaming Video Guide.
The Copyright Act includes an exception for tests or examinations. You can:
Copyright Act, Section 29.4(2)
The Copyright Act defines a perceptual disability as:
a disability that prevents or inhibits a person from reading or hearing a literary, musical, dramatic or artistic work in its original format, and includes such a disability resulting from
(a) severe or total impairment of sight or hearing or the inability to focus or move one’s eyes,
(b) the inability to hold or manipulate a book, or
(c) an impairment relating to comprehension;
Section 32.01 of the Canadian Copyright Act allows the making of an alternate format “specially designed for persons with a perceptual disability” as long as an appropriate alternate format is not commercially available.
Copyright Act, Section 21.01
If you require an alternate format contact NSCC Disability Services.
You can copy content from websites for an educational purpose if your copying meets the following conditions:
Important Note: This exception does not apply if the educational institution or person acting in their educational role knows or should have known that the work or other subject-matter was made available through the Internet without the consent of the copyright owner.
Copyright Act, Section 30.04(1-5)
The Copyright Act of Canada defines a technological protection measure (commonly referred tp as a digital lock) as:
Copyright Act, Section 41.0
In plain language this means a digital lock is any digital mechanism for limiting or preventing access and includes :