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Education Resources: Copyright for Educators

A guide to resources for B.Ed teacher candidates

Copyright for Educators


This page is intended to direct teachers to resources that will help them make sense of copyright law in Canada.

For information on alternatives to traditional copyright such as creative commons and open access resources and alternatives please visit the following page:

Creative Commons & Open Access

Copyright Resources for Educators

Online Resources

Copyright Matters! Some Key Questions and Answers for Teachers (4th Edition) (PDF)
The updated edition of Copyright Matters takes into account the latest changes to the Canadian Copyright Act. Published in 2016 by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada; Canadian School Boards Association; and Canadian Teachers' Federation.

Education Library Copyright for Teachers (web)
An online guide created by Kate Gibbings and Paul McGuire at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

Copyright Fair Dealing Decision Tool

A Web site by the Copyright Consortium of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), that helps teachers assess when they can use copyright-protected materials without getting copyright permission under the fair dealing provision of the Copyright Act. 

Books at the Tyndale Education Library

Harris, L.E. (2001). Canadian copyright law: The indispensable guide for publishers, web professionals, writers, artists, filmmakers, teachers, librarians, archivists, curators, lawyers and business people. Toronto : McGraw-Hill Ryerson.

Canadian Copyright Legistlation

Canadian Copyright Act
Access the full-text version of the Copyright Act (1985, c. C-42) on the Department of Justice Canada website. 

Bill C-11
Access the full-text of Bill C-11, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act, which received Royal Assent on June 29, 2012, on the Parliament of Canada website.

CMEC comment on Bill C-11
Read the June 19, 2012 comment on Bill C-11 from the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).

CBC articles on recent Supreme Court rulings (July 2012)
1. What the Supreme Court's copyright rulings mean for you
2. Supreme Court ruling scraps royalty for music downloads

Canadian School Boards Association
In 2010, Bill C-32 advanced some proposed reforms to Canadian copyright legislation. Although the bill did not make it through the house, and has since been changed, the CSBA's submission to Canadian Parliament on Bill C-32 provides an educational perspective copyright legistlation.