Copyright Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), aka Copyright Questions & Answers

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  1. Lesley says:

    Hi Eric, there are provisions in some copyright laws that allow for the use of music in classrooms. Generally, these provisions allow playing music for instructional purposes only for students. You may need to look up the specific wording for the provisions and conditions that apply in your country.

  2. Eric says:

    When students are entering a classroom in a k-12 setting, is it ok to have music playing in the background? Are we allowed to sing songs “karaoke style” only during classtime, not for a performance, but more of a warmup activity? Thanks,

  3. Lesley says:

    Hi Richard, the U.S. Copyright Act allows the use of a video (without permission) in very limited circumstances, for example, where used by instructors or pupils, in face-to-face teaching activities, when the entire audience is involved, the performance of the video takes place in a classroom or similar place.

  4. Richard Wójtowicz says:

    Hello Lesley,

    I have a question on the use of videos at a state university.

    Is the use of philosophy-related videos in a philosophy club situation where all members are registered students permitted for education and discussion purposes under “fair use?”

  5. Lesley says:

    Hi Carolyn, my response would be the same now.

  6. Carolyn says:

    The following question was posted on December 16, 2008: What is the copyright law in Canada on matters related to making photocopies/digital images of book covers/dust jackets? Have there been any changes or updates since 2008? Thank you.

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