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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.


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.

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