Yes. Private copying of recorded music for private use is legal in Canada. You cannot distribute the copies.
A copy of a musical score which is part of a collection or anthology of musical scores may be made for the purposes of research, private study, education, parody, satire, criticism, review or new reporting. If the document contains only a single musical score then copying will fall outside the MRU Fair Dealing Guidelines and you will need pay royalties or seek permission. Contact the MRU Copyright Advisor at MRUcopyright@mtroyal.ca for assistance with royalties and permissions.
Yes, as long as you satisfy certain criteria. 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 MRU premises and before an audience consisting primarily of students, faculty or any person who is directly responsible for setting a curriculum for MRU. However, if you want to use music for non-educational purposes (e.g. as background music at a conference or for your fitness class) a license must be obtained from the copyright collectives SOCAN and Re:Sound.
Under the Educational Exceptions of the Copyright Act's Fair Dealing clause, it is legal to play a short excerpt of a sound recording provided that:
See the MRU Fair Dealing Guidelines for more information on what constitutes a "short excerpt".
If you are playing music from YouTube, be mindful that you cannot use an infringing copy and you are still limited to playing the short excerpt.
The Copyright Act states that only copyright holders have the right to play their copyrighted music in public. You are free to play music in your office, or for a small group of friends or co-workers, as this is not considered to be public.
If you want to use music for non-educational purposes (e.g. as background music at a conference or for your fitness class) a license must be obtained from the copyright collectives SOCAN and, if recorded music is used, Re:Sound.
MRU retains the responsibility to pay such fees to SOCAN and/or Re:Sound, as the case may be. The MRU Copyright Advisor arranges for music licenses for all applicable MRU events, and it is your responsibility as the event co-ordinator to inform the Copyright Advisor when music is being used at your event. The Copyright Advisor may ask questions such as:
This information is necessary for accurate reporting of SOCAN and/or Re:Sound fees. Please contact the Copyright Advisor at MRUcopyright@mtroyal.ca for more information on music licensing.
Copyighted music may be included in a PowerPoint presentation if the presentation is done for educational or training purposes and the audience is primarily composed of Mount Royal students. If a PowerPoint presentation contains copyrighted music, it should not be later distributed to the general public.
If, after browsing this guide, you still have questions or require additional information please contact MRUcopyright@mtroyal.ca, or 403.440.6618.
The Copyright Advisor is also available in EL1132 for drop-in office hours: