Copyright Decision Tool

The Copyright Decision Tool allows teachers to determine whether copying requires copyright permission or is permitted without permission because it falls within the Fair Dealing Guidelines.

Copyright in schools

Make sure you're in the know... 

Did you know that teachers can use “short excerpts” of copyright-protected works
in their lessons because of the fair-dealing provision in the Copyright Act?

Did you know that, as a teacher, if you fail to follow the Fair Dealing Guidelines,
you are at risk of copyright infringement, and you, your school, and your school board
can be held responsible for damages?

To learn how fair dealing impacts lesson planning and the use of copyright-protected works, teachers and school staff are encouraged to:

  1. Watch the video presentation below, entitled “Dealing Fairly with Copyright-Protected Works of Others”;




  1. Print a copy of the Fair Dealing Guidelines for personal reference;




  1. Bookmark on your phone.

You need to know and use the Fair Dealing Guidelines as well as the established school process for seeking copyright advice and obtaining necessary copyright permission.

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