Copyright law adapted to new technologies

The Government of Canada adopted amendments to the Copyright Act last June. Here is what this means for schools. In short, we are broadening the scope of “fair dealing” and appealing to “common sense” in the community.

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The Government of Canada adopted amendments to the Copyright Act last June. Here is what this means for schools. In short, we are broadening the scope of “fair dealing” and appealing to “common sense” in the community.

“We live in a digital world without borders and yet, the last update of the copyright regime dates back to the end of the 1990s, that is to say before the era of '.com', of tablets and mobile devices that give us access to thousands of songs, movies and applications at the push of a button or a touch screen ”, we can read on the site put online by the Government of Canada to explain changes to the Copyright Act:

Since its adoption in June, the definition of “fair use” has been broadened to legitimize the modern use of technology for teaching and learning.

Here are some changes, again for educational purposes:

- Teachers and students can use copyrighted works in lessons offered online. For example, music students, both in a classroom and those taking the distance course, might perform a copyrighted song as part of their course.

- Teachers can distribute digitized works to their students as long as the copyright owners are compensated. Students can print a single copy of the educational materials.

- Publicly accessible material that has been legitimately posted on the Internet by copyright owners may be used for free use. For example, they could collect multiple copies of articles found on the Internet and distribute them to other students.

- It is possible to watch legitimately acquired films or audiovisual works in class.

- Schools are no longer obliged to pay royalties to record a news program (excluding documentaries).

There is also certain limits expressed in the Law:
- viewing or use of a work must be done on school premises, mainly for the benefit of students;
- you cannot redistribute a copyrighted work in public, for example on a website;
- the use of the work must not take place if it is from an infringement (eg: illegal copying of a DVD);
- the broadcast cannot be retransmitted electronically to the public (eg filming a teacher giving a course to place the video on the Web or broadcast live).

These changes are explained on the Balanced Copyright site. In fact, we appeal to “common sense” in the school environment in order to respect the interests of copyright owners, without whom all this material would not be accessible.

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Audrey Miller
Audrey Millerhttps://ecolebranchee.com
General manager of École branchée, Audrey holds a graduate degree in educational technologies and a bachelor's degree in public communication. Member of the Order of Excellence in Education of Quebec, she is particularly interested in the professional development of teachers, information in the digital age and media education, while actively creating bridges between the actors of the educational ecosystem since 1999. She is involved these days in particular in Edteq Association and as a member of the ACELF Communications Committee. When she has free time, she is passionate about her children, his rabbits, horses, good wine and... Web programming!

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