Displaying material in class

You can display images in class and reproduce images as required to make that possible.  You can use the actual image or projections to show photographs, drawings, slides, maps, tables, graphs, illustrations etc.  You can use the entire work, and not just a short excerpt.

Limitations:

The copying must be for the purposes of education or training,  which must take place at Carleton University. The material must not be available for purchase in a medium appropriate for your purposes, at a reasonable price and within a reasonable time. 

Reasoning:

This is allowed by an exception in the Copyright Act 29.4(1) that allows the reproduction of a work in order to display it in class (Reproduction for Instruction).

Distributing handouts in class

You can hand out material to your class if it is in the public domain or Open Access; permitted under a license; you own the copyright; or have permission from the copyright owner. Material restricted by copyright can be used under the Fair Dealing exception as long as it falls under the definition of a short excerpt, and as long as you only use the amount necessary for your teaching purpose.

A short excerpt is either 10% or less of a Work, or no more than:

  • one chapter from a book;
  • a single article from a periodical;
  • an entire artistic work (including a painting, print, photograph, diagram, drawing, map, or chart) from a Work containing other artistic works;
  • an entire newspaper article or page;
  • an entire single poem or musical score from a Work containing other poems or musical scores; or
  • an entire entry from an encyclopedia, annotated bibliography, dictionary or similar reference work

Limitations:

You must make the reproduction from a legitimate copy of the work (for example, a book that is in your collection, or borrowed from a colleague or the library, or from a copy of the Work, or a portion of a Work, that you received through fair dealing or as otherwise permitted pursuant to the Copyright Act).

Reasoning:

This is allowed by the Fair Dealing exception in the Copyright Act (section 29) http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-42/section-29.html.

Show a short excerpt of a film or an audiovisual work

You can copy and show up to 10% of an audiovisual work (movie, tv show, documentary, news broadcast) under the Fair Dealing Guidelines.

Limitations:

You must not break a digital lock or technological protection measure to make the copy.  Digital locks include passwords as well as controls that prevent actions like downloading or copying.

Reasoning:

This is allowed by the Fair Dealing exception in the Copyright Act (section 29) http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-42/section-29.html.

Show films from DVDs, VHS, Laserdisc etc.

You can show videos, movies, and documentaries in class if the goal is for educational or training purposes.

Limitations:

  • you are faculty, staff or such other person that is acting under the authority of Carleton University;
  • the class is taking place on Carleton premises;
  • the audience is primarily students in your class;
  • the copy of the movie is not an infringing copy (e.g. pirated) or the person responsible for the performance has no reasonable grounds to believe that it is an infringing copy; and
  • You must not break a digital lock or technological protection measure to make the copy. Digital locks include passwords as well as controls that prevent actions like downloading or copying.

Reasoning:

This is one of the exceptions for Educational Institutions of the Copyright Act, section 29.5(d)

Show films from Carleton's institutional streaming services

Carleton Library has licensed streaming services that allow a wide variety of films, documentaries and shorts to be streamed in a classroom session.  These movies can also be viewed by students, faculty and staff individually both on campus and at home. A complete list of the streaming services can be found here: Video databases

Limitations: Carleton University has entered into various licenses that provide faculty and staff access to electronic versions of audiovisual works. All the licenses allow in-classroom use, and providing links in CuLearn. Some license agreements have further limitations. Please contact copyright@carleton.ca for more information.

Show films from personal streaming services such as Netflix, or Crave

These are commercial services provided to individual end users – not institutions such as the Library or the University. Your use of these services must comply with the Terms of Use you agreed to when you signed up for the service.  The rights you may otherwise have had, for example the educational exception described above and Fair Dealing, do not apply if they are inconsistent with the the services' Terms of Use.  If you have questions or concerns please contact Copyright@carleton.ca.

Options:

  • Check if the title falls under the University's institutional streaming licences such as  ( Video databases)
  • Search the Library's catalogue to see if the title is in the Library collection.  Limit the search to "video" to find DVDs as well as streaming videos)
  • Search Watmedia to locate videos at other Ontario universities.  If you wish to borrow a video listed in Watmedia please fill out our Interfilm Video Request form - do not submit requests directly to Watmedia.
  • Purchasing or borrowing a physical commercial copy of the video (such as VHS, DVD or Blu-Ray) from a private collection.

Questions? Not sure? Want more details? Contact Copyright@carleton.ca

Content last reviewed: December 3, 2018