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Copyright: Audiovisual Material

This is a guide to understanding your rights and responsibilities, in relation to copyright, as a member of the Loyalist College community.

Audiovisual Material Basics

Audiovisual material can be shown at an educational institution for educational purposes royalty free provided that the copy being used is not an infringing copy and there is no entrance or screening fee for the viewing of the film. A legal copy of audiovisual work is either:

  • purchased by the educational institution from a retailer or online store,
  • purchased by the instructor or student from a retail or online store,
  • borrowed from another educational institution, public library or friend,
  • rented from a retail store, or
  • a video posted online by the copyright holder without a digital lock.

Copyright AV Material in the Classroom

Section 29.5 (d) of the Copyright Act permits the performance of cinematographic works in the classroom. The following stipulations must be met:

  • the cinematographic work may only be played for the purpose of education or training, 
  • the cinematographic work may only be played on the premises of an educational institution, 
  • the cinematographic work may only be played to an audience consisting of mostly students, and 
  • the copy of the work must not be illegal or infringing. 

Section 29.5(c) of the Copyright Act allows for the performance of a live broadcast to be communicated at the time of it's broadcast. The live broadcast must be shown during scheduled class time and must be related to the course curriculum. Therefore, if a show is broadcast live, but not during class time it is not permitted to be shown in class. The following stipulations must be met:

  • the program is being played for the purpose of education and training, 
  • the program is being played on the premises of an educational institution, and
  • the program is being played to an audience consisting of mainly students. 

Section 29.5 (b) of the Copyright Act allows the use of sound recordings in the classroom with the following stipulations:

  • the recording must be played for education or training purposes,
  • the recording must be played on the premises of an educational institution,
  • the recording must be played for an audience consisting of mostly students, and
  • the recording must not be an illegal or infringing copy. 

Section 30.04 of the Copyright Act permits the performance of works that are publicly available through the internet. This does not if:

  • there is a technological lock that restricts access to or use of the sound recording. This includes password protected websites, 
  • the sound recording was not made available by the copyright holder, or
  • the sound recording is accompanied by a clearly labeled copyright notice that prohibits its use.

Refrain from using sites such as Netflix or iTunes. Netflix end-user license agreement specifically states for household use only. iTunes has a similar clause with the terms personal use only. Checking the I agree box for the terms and conditions means that you accept and will abide by the written agreement. This trumps the provisions of Fair Dealing and educational exceptions. 

Caution must be exercised when showing Youtube videos in class. The instructor or student showing the video must be able to confirm that it is not an illegal upload of the video. Should you need help determining the uploader of the content, please contact Vanessa Lee.

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Videos in the Library

The library provides a variety of videos in DVD and/or via online streaming. You may pre-book DVDs to use in the classroom at any time by visiting the circulation desk or by emailing Vanessa Lee.

We welcome purchase suggestions which supplement your course materials.

Library Technician

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Vanessa Lee
Contact:
Loyalist College Library
376 Wallbridge-Loyalist Road
Belleville,ON K8N 5B9
(613) 969-1913 ext. 2317