The Copyright Act contains a number of exceptions that permit instructors, staff and students of an educational institution to engage in activities that would otherwise be prohibited.
Under section 29.4 of the Copyright Act, persons acting under the authority of an educational institution may do the following on the premises* of an educational institution for the purposes of education or training:
Under section 29.5 of the Copyright Act, persons acting under the authority of an educational institution may do the following on the premises of an education institution for an audience consisting primarily of students and instructors of the institution, for educational and training purposes and not for profit:
For more information on the uses of copyrighted materials, teaching and education, visit the section of this guide on Using Copyrighted Materials.
* The Copyright Act defines premises as "a place where education or training…is provided, controlled or supervised by the educational institution."
According to section 32 (1,2 and 3) of the Copyright Act it is not an infringement to make a copy of a work (other than a cinematographic work) in a format designed for a person with a perceptual disability provided it is not already commercially available in an appropriate format.
If you have specific questions about what would fall under this exception, please ask MRUcopyright@mtroyal.ca.