Canada’s copyright law was revised by Parliament in June 2012 to clarify Canada’s legal framework for the digital age and its ever-changing technologies.

Teachers and students are permitted to access and use publicly available Internet materials in the process of teaching and learning, while respecting the rights of those creators and other copyright holders who post materials on-line for commercial purposes.

The law was changed to add “education” as an allowable purpose within the “fair dealing” provision of the Copyright Act. This means that the fair dealing provision now applies to students and teachers. Copyright-protected materials can be used for educational purposes, provided the dealing is “fair.” The change to the fair dealing provision puts Canada on a level playing field with the United States and a number of other countries around the world.

The CMEC Copyright Consortium was an active participant in the process that led to the amendment of the law.