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Copyright For Faculty & Staff

Learn more about copyright at Niagara College.

What you need to know about music ...

You may play a sound recording (e.g, song, spoken word, instrumental, etc.) in the classroom.

In order to take advantage of this educational provision, the following conditions must be met:

  • The recording is being played for the purpose of education or training.
  • The recording is being played on the premises of an educational institution.
  • The recording is being played to an audience consisting of students.
  • The copy of the recording is not an illegal or infringing copy.

See Section 29.5(b) of the Canadian Copyright Act for more information.

Mash-Ups

An individual can use copyrighted works such as images, videos, music, text, etc. in the creation of a new work (e.g. modifying a mathematical table, creating an instructional video, creating slides or documents) as long as the mash-up meets the following conditions (Section 29.21 of Copyright Act):

  1. The mash-up can only be used for non-commercial purposes
  2. The original work that is being used to create the mash-up must be cited
  3. The original work used in the creation of the mash-up must be a legal copy.
  4. The mash-up cannot effect the economic market of the original work
  5. The user creating the mash-up cannot circumvent a TPM or digital lock in the creation of the mash-up.

Open Access Music Sources

Soundwave graphic


(public domain image from openclipart.org)

Always follow fair dealing guidelines and the terms of use/Creative Commons licence requirements associated with a work.

How to create a Creative Commons attribute.