Copyright rules for educators have changed significantly in recent years. While educators have new opportunities to use copyright-protected materials in their lessons, there are also limits as to what can be copied and distributed in the classroom.
 
To help educators determine whether they can use print materials, artistic works or audiovisual materials in their lessons without securing copyright permission, the Copyright Consortium of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) has developed an online Copyright Decision Tool. The tool is available on the Teachers and Copyright website at www.fairdealingdecisiontool.ca.
 
You can also find an overview of the Fair Dealing Guidelines on the website, along with the Copyright Matters!  booklet, which provides information about the copyright permission process. The booklet, along with other copyright resources, was distributed to all school authorities across Alberta in 2017.
 
Further information can be found on Alberta Education’s Copyright Awareness for Teachers website.