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Review of what is Permissible: (not much!)

From "Copyright Matters" (2005)

Teachers can
• copy and perform extracts from a work protected by copyright,
unless the part is highly significant or valuable (courts make the
final determination whether a "dealing" is "fair")
• copy or perform works whose author(s) died more than 50 years
ago (but not translations or annotations of such works)
• use any work protected by copyright with the permission of the
copyright owner
• copy the text of federal and Ontario statutes, regulations, and
court decisions without permission
• make a single copy of works, such as articles or photographs,
protected by copyright for private study, research, criticism, review,
or news reporting under the sections of the Copyright Act that allow
such uses of copyright material — referred to as "fair dealing"
• copy a work protected by copyright by hand onto a surface
normally used to display handwritten material, such as a
blackboard, whiteboard, or flip chart
• copy a work protected by copyright for the purpose of overhead
projection using a device such as an LCD, overhead, opaque, or slide
projector, provided the work is used for the purpose of education
and training and is not already available in a commercial format
• copy an entire work (other than a cinematographic work) onto
an alternative format including translation, adaptation, and
performance in public (except the making of a large-print book)
for the purpose of serving students with perceptual disabilities as
long as such an adaptation is not already commercially available
in that format
Exceptions under the Copyright Act permit additional things to be
done by libraries, including those in schools, that would infringe
copyright if there were no exceptions. These include
• making a copy of a work "if the original is rare or unpublished
and is deteriorating, damaged, or lost" — provided a replacement
copy is not commercially available
• making a copy of a fragile document for on-site consultation if
the original cannot be viewed because of its condition — provided
a replacement copy is not commercially available
• making a copy if the original is in an obsolete format or the
technology to use the original is unavailable — provided a
replacement copy is not commercially available
• making a copy for the purpose of cataloguing or internal record
keeping or for insurance purposes or police investigation
• making a copy for the purpose of restoration
Sharon Peters,
May 28, 2008, 2:57 AM