SWMS SD6 BC

The Ins and Outs of Copyright

Can I photocopy a chapter of this textbook for my class? Can I show the latest episode of The Fifth Estate in my class? Is it okay to play this YouTube clip?

These are just some of the questions that may arise around the issues of copyright.

This page contains FAQs, links, and other resources that address common questions and concerns surrounding copyright issues you may face in the classroom setting.

Berkman Center for Internet and Society

This society at Harvard University has developed an online open access curriculum on copyright law.
Online Course

Public Performance Rights

What are Public Performance Rights?

Under The Copyright Act, any viewing or exhibition of a video in a public place (schools are considered public places) must have Public Performance Rights. P.P.R. rights can be added into the cost of the video at the time of purchase.

To show any videos/DVD's not on loan from the DRC, you need to ensure that the copy is a legal one and that the title is listed in the Visual Education or the Audio Cine studio/producers list. If the video/DVD that you wish to show is not listed on either of these lists, you need to contact thestudio/ producer of the video/DVD directly for permission (ie. PBS, BBC, etc).

If a school purchases videos/DVD's for its collection, it must be purchased with a site license from an authorized Canadian educational distributor such as CBC, Distribution Access, McIntyre Media, or through ERAC.

Visual Education

Reporting Periods are at the end of December, March and June. The "Other" category refers to other studio/producers not listed in their top 25. You will have to check their entire list in the website below.
Visual Education List of Producers

Visual Education Reporting Form

Audio Cine Films

Reporting Periods are at the end of December, March and June. The "Other" category refers to other studio/producers not listed in their top 25. You will have to check their entire list in the website below.
PDF ACF List of Producers
PDF ACF FAQs
ACF Reporting Form

Access

This licence gives educators and students advance permission to copy from millions of copyright protected newspapers, magazines, journals and books from around the world, complementing what is allowed under fair dealing, educational exceptions under the Copyright Act, and through the public domain.

Access :The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency
Access: K-12 Copying Guidelines for Print
Access: FAQs

Music Performance in BC Schools

ERAC has established an agreement with the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN). This agreement means schools will not be required to purchase annual “public performance of music” licences or acquire single-event licences for most individual events that are not covered under the Copyright Act “educational purposes” exemption.

BC Schools Music Performance Licence