For school boards, key
advantages of this Act will include the ability to:
- use copyrighted materials for the purpose of education, provided such use is "fair", that is, does not unduly threaten the interests of the copyright owner;
- use publicly available material on the
Internet, provided it is for educational purposes, and has been posted by the
copyright owners without expectation of compensation;
- share lessons that include copyrighted
sections over the Internet;
digitally transmit copyrighted course
material to students online, subject to fair compensation for the copyright
- show films or recordings of broadcasts for
- record a news program or a news commentary
program (excluding documentaries) in order to replay in class.
property laws typically attempt to balance the need to compensate the producer
with ensuring reasonable access to the user, while trying to keep pace with unauthorized
practices which technological advances inevitably facilitate. Whether the right balance has been struck here
remains to be seen. We must hope that
its enactment will not give schools a short term cost advantage at the expense
of long term availability of quality Canadian content.
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