PLEASE NOTE: This section only applies to uses of works in your physical classrooms – it does not apply to the online classroom or any internet use. Please refer to ‘Digital Classroom’ if you have questions regarding these uses.
2. CAMPUS CLASSROOM
2.1 Can I include other people’s images and materials in my PowerPoint presentations? What if I want to provide copies of the presentation to my students?
Under the educational exceptions within the Copyright Act,you may make copies of works to display in a classroom presentation on UBC premises for educational and training purposes, provided that the work is not already available in a commercial format in the Canadian market within a reasonable time and for a reasonable price, in a medium appropriate for educational or training purposes.
You may record the lecture, either as a video-recording or “voice-over powerpoint” and post the recording of the lecture onto UBC’s secure learning management system for your students to access (see Lessons Exception under FAQ 3.5).
You can only post a copy of the presentation into UBC’s secure learning management system or provide physical copies of the presentation to your students, if the third party copyrighted material within your presentations qualifies as “Short Excerpts” under the Fair Dealing Requirements for Faculty and Staff.
2.2 I’ve come across a recent journal article and/or several pages from a book that I want to distribute to my students. How can I distribute these materials to my students?
You may make copies of works to hand out to each student in your classroom or post copies of such works into UBC’s secure learning management system, if they qualify as “Short Excerpts” in accordance with the Fair Dealing Requirements for Faculty and Staff. If you want to provide articles or excerpts from a book to students on a regular basis, for example, every year that you teach the course, and you know what articles or excerpts you want to include in advance, you can consider creating a course pack instead.
2.3 Can I play music in class?
Yes. If you are faculty, staff or such other person that is acting under the authority of UBC, the Copyright Act allows you to play a sound recording or live radio broadcasts in class as long as it is for educational or training purposes, not for profit, on UBC premises and before an audience consisting primarily of students, faculty or any person who is directly responsible for setting a curriculum for UBC. However, if you want to use music for non-educational purposes, for example, for background music at a conference or in an athletic facility, a licence must be obtained from the copyright collectives SOCAN and Re:sound.
2.4 Can I show movies, news programs or videos in class?
You can show the following works in class, as long as it is for educational or training purposes, not for profit, on UBC premises and before an audience consisting primarily of students, faculty or any person who is directly responsible for setting a curriculum for UBC:
- a movie or other cinematographic work, provided that the work is not an infringing copy (i.e. legally obtained or purchased), and you do not circumvent a Digital Lock (see FAQ 3.3) to access the work
- a video or other subject matter that is available through the Internet, e.g. available on YouTube, as long as you satisfy the following criteria:
- you do not break or circumvent a Digital Lock to access or obtain a copy of the work (see FAQ 3.3);
- there is no clear and visible notice on the website or on the work itself that prohibits the use or reproduction of the work (more than just a copyright symbol);
- the website is not questionable, infringing or clearly using the works without the copyright owner’s consent ; and
- you identify the source of the work and, if available and applicable, the author, performer, maker or broadcaster of the work.
- a copy of a news program or news commentary program (excluding documentaries) made by you or UBC for the purposes of performing the copy to UBC students for educational or training purposes.
2.5 Are there any databases of copyrighted materials that I can use for free without worrying about copyright?
Please see FAQ 3.8 for more information about materials from the internet that can be used for educational or training purposes within the classroom.
Please note that works that are subject to Creative Commons licensing, generally means the work is available for free, subject to certain conditions specified in the licence, such as non-commercial use only and acknowledgment of the author. For Creative Commons materials, visit the Creative Commons website for more information or check out their content directories which list audio, video, image and text materials available under Creative Commons licensing.