Thanks to Raphaella Dixon of the LBPSB for brining this to my attention.

As you may be aware, the copyright law in Canada was amended this past November. Here is a link to an easy-to-read guide published for educators by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). Written in a question and answer format, this guide is helpful for when those copyright questions arise. The online version will be updated as changes in the copyright law happen. Previous editions were very well received and helpful to people who work in education.

English version:

French version:

Some interesting changes:

“Teachers can show

[on school premises] audiovisual works purchased or rented from a retail store, a copy borrowed from the library, a copy borrowed from a friend, and a YouTube video.” (p. 15, Copyright Matters)

“Educational institutions, teachers, and students may save, download, and share publicly available Internet materials, as well as use that material in the classroom and communicate it to students or others within their education circle.” (p. 18, Copyright Matters)

“Routine classroom uses may be made of publicly available Internet materials, such as incorporating on-line text or images into homework assignments, performing music or plays on-line for peers, exchanging materials with teachers or peers, or reposting a work on a restricted-access course Web-site.” (p. 18, Copyright Matters)

But note that:

“To encourage copyright awareness and respect in all circumstances, students and educators are required to cite the source of the Internet materials they use.” (p. 18, Copyright Matters)