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Copyright Guide for Faculty and Staff

Screening Material in the Classroom

New developments in Canadian Copyright law allow educational institutions to display a film in the classroom. The viewing must be for purely educational purposes on campus, for members of the University, and the film must be a legitimately purchased copy (whether in hand or streaming). These developments do not apply to screenings for other purposes such as fund-raisers on campus.

In some instances the university purchases materials with public performance rights, or we can help obtain permission to use the film. If you would like to display a film for a purpose outside of the classroom setting, please contact the library for further assistance. In your email please indicate what film you would like to display, and for what purposes.

*Copies of full works may not be made without permission from the copyright owner.

**Please note that films from some sources may not permitted for classroom use. Some streaming services and/or films under a digital lock may not be permitted to be broadcast in the classroom if the terms of use forbid it. If you are unsure of the permissions of the film you would like to display please contact the library.


Rebroadcast of Classroom Sessions

If a classroom session is being recorded, any copyright-protected material projected onto a screen must be removed (or permission obtained) before a rebroadcast of the classroom session.


Please note: This guide does not provide legal advice. It is intented to give guidance about acceptable use of copyright protected materials.