Copying Guidelines for Elementary and Secondary Schools
The proposed Access Copyright Elementary and Secondary School Tariffs, 2010-2012, 2013-2015 gives you permission to copy from a vast repertoire of commercially published books, magazines and newspapers. As long as you adhere to the terms and conditions of the proposed tariffs, you can copy what you need worry-free. These tariffs have not yet been certified by the Copyright Board of Canada.
You Can Always Copy
- anything with the permission of the copyright owner
- all or part of a work for private study, research, criticism, review or news reporting, if what you do is "fair dealing"
- insubstantial parts of a work
- works published during the author's lifetime, if the author died more than 50 years ago (but not recent translations or annotations of such a work)
- if an exception in the Copyright Act applies
Under the Proposed Tariffs…
You may make copies, for school purposes, of excerpts of up to 10% of books, journals, magazines and newspapers.
The 10% limit may be exceeded if required to copy:
- an entire chapter that comprises 20% or less of a book
- an entire article or page from a newspaper, magazine or journal
- an entire short story, play, essay or poem
- an entire entry from a reference work
- an entire reproduction of an artistic work from a publication
- an entire reproduction of a musical work provided that, if taken from a book, it does not comprise more than 20% of that book
- up to 100% of reproducibles, including assignment sheets and blackline masters
- an entire choral, orchestral work, or other commercially available sheet music*
*Subject to certain conditions. Please consult Section 3(d) of the proposed tariffs for more information.
Under the proposed tariffs' copying limits, you can also:
- scan and save
- post scanned materials to a secure network
- project and display scanned copies for presentations to students on an overhead projector, LCD or plasma monitor, or interactive whiteboard
- ensure that the author's name and the source appear on at least one page of your copies. If necessary, write them down on one of the pages
- respect the moral rights of authors
- limit the number of copies to one per student, two for the teacher and a reasonable amount for administrative purposes, to contact parents and the community and to allow on-site consultation or loan at a library
The tariffs do not authorize you to:
- intentionally "split" copying runs to exceed the limits mentioned above
- copy instruction manuals or teachers' guides
- make course packs (a set of copies totalling fewer than 20 pages and coming from fewer than four sources is not a course pack)
- copy publications containing a notice prohibiting reproduction under a licence with a collective society
To find out more about copying under the proposed tariffs, please contact Access Copyright at 416-868-1620 (toll-free 1-800-893-5777) or email us.