Important Copyright Update!

As posted in an OSSTF Bulletin to Teachers in January 2017:

Member Protection – Advice: Use of copyrighted materials in the classroom

In 2012 he Supreme Court of Canada clarified the meaning of “fair dealing” for the classroom when it comes to using copyrighted material by educators. To ensure that copyright violations are avoided, the Copyright Consortium of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), has launched the Copyright Decision Tool. It is an on-line resource developed to assist with the understanding of copyright and when copyrighted materials can be used without getting permission under the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright Act.

OSSTF recommeds that all educational workers use the Copyright Decision Tool to assist in their use of copyrighted material and protect against allegations of violating copyright by the owners and publishers of it. OSSTF/FEESO continues to advocate for the fair use of print/broadcast/digital material for educational purposes. The web site can be found at and is easily accessed by computer and mobile device.

If you have a print copy of the orange Copyright Matters Guide (it looks similar to the image attached)…
  • It was the 3rd edition…  which has been superceded by the 4th Edition…
  • Only available online here
  • I encourage everyone to download their own PDF copy and keep it handy where you can access it easily.
The Copyright Decision Tool website pulls together a wide ranging set of resources – previously difficult to find – under one web umbrella.
  • I have added a link to this website in the Academic Honesty LINKS section on the ESA Library AW site.
  • I will also put a link into the Library @ ESA Copyright Folder on the Teacher Share.

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