Copyright Information

Copyright is a legal framework that protects creators. Copyright protection exists as soon as a work is created. In Canada, there is no requirement to register a work or that the word "copyright" or the symbol © appear on the work. Copyright protection extends to works that have been created in all media including print, audio, visual, and digital.

Public Libraries

An Access Copyright Public Library Photocopying Licence obtained from Access Copyright Canada gives public library patrons and staff permission to copy from a variety of commercially published materials including books, magazines, and newspapers. Information regarding what can be copied is available from Access Copyright. Following the copying guidelines will ensure that patrons have access to useful materials while respecting the rights of the creators. Additional information about copyright legislation is available from The Copyright Board of Canada.

In order to show movies in any public space, including a public library, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder. In Canada two companies, Criterion and Audio Ciné Films, represent the majority of the motion picture companies. Public Performance licences can be purchased through these companies.

Parkland Regional Library provides a bulk licensing service to member libraries through a contract with Audio Ciné Films. Further information about public performance licensing is on the Show Movies at your Library page.

School Libraries

Schools obtain a license through Access Copyright Canada which gives teachers permission to copy from a variety of commercially published print materials including books, magazines, and newspapers. Following the copying guidelines will ensure that students have access to useful materials while respecting the rights of the creators. Additional information about copyright legislation is available from The Copyright Board of Canada.

Information regarding the use of radio, television and internet programs in the classroom is available from Educational Rights Collective of Canada (ERRC).

In order to show movies at school, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder. In Canada two companies, Criterion and Audio Ciné Films, represent the majority of the motion picture companies for this purpose. Public Performance licences can be purchased through these companies.

Additional information about copyright issues relavant to schools and educators can be found on the following web sites:

Your Digital Presence: resources and tools to support digital life skills from The 2Learn.ca Education Society

Copyright Matters! Some key questions and answers for teachers [PDF] by Wanda Noel and Gerald Breau (3rd edition, Dec. 2012)

Copyright Policy in Canada Created by Prof. Laura J. Murray of Queens University this blog discusses issues relating to copyright in layman's terms.

Failure to adhere to copyright legislation can result in fines, prison, or both. Be sure to exercise due diligence when using copyrighted materials.