COPYRIGHT IN THE CLASSROOM
The Copyright Consortium of the Council of Minister of Education, Canada (CMEC), has developed an on-line presentation on the use of copyright-protected materials in the classroom. It can be viewed at: www.cmec.ca/copyrightinfo.
While teachers have new opportunities to use copyright protected materials in their lessons, they also have responsibilities. There are limits to what can be copied and communicated in the classroom. Teachers must know what they can and cannot do with the copyright-protected works of others.
The presentation provides an overview of the new Fair Dealing Guidelines and of CMEC’s publication, Copyright Matters! It also outlines a copyright permission procedure when copyright authorization is needed, and provides principals, teachers, and staff with compliance measures for use in their schools.
Teachers and school staff are asked to view the presentation and review related materials on the CMEC web site in the coming weeks.
Principals are asked to mention the presentation during their first staff meetings and encourage all teachers and staff to view it along with related materials.
Additional reference materials are on the CMEC web site. Some may be useful to post in appropriate locations within schools.