How can I use materials in classroom presentations without infringing copyright?
- The educational exemption in the Copyright Act allows an instructor to copy a work onto a blackboard or whiteboard, or use an overhead projector to present a copy of the work in the classroom, if the work is not commercially available in a medium that is appropriate for the purpose. The wording of the Act allows for a "similar device" to overhead projection. Current devices such as presentation software are included. Slides may not be printed or uploaded to a webpage. Full attribution of sources is required.
- A faculty member may present a copy of a news broadcast to a classroom. Copies used for this purpose are to be destroyed after their use.
- Material freely and legally available on the web can be incorporated into classroom presentations using the technology of your choice. Be certain to cite the source adequately so that questions of plagiarism do not arise and the creators get their rightful recognition. Note that a website is free to take such technological measures as it deems necessary to limit viewing or copying.
- Using a computer and a projector, a faculty member may display web pages and other content available on the web without making a separate copy.
- You may show a live television show in the classroom without recording it. If you wish to record it and show it later, it can be done, but it requires some record keeping and may require the payment of royalties. Contact the Copyright Office for details. The technical processes are your responsibility.
Further information can be found in the Quick Reference Tables, and questions should be directed to the Copyright Office. It is your responsibility to avoid infringement under the Copyright Act. Memorial University is not responsible for any acts that infringe copyright.