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Copyright Information: TV & Radio

Can I play a live television or radio broadcast in class?

Persons acting under the authority of an educational institution may play a live radio or television broadcast on the premises of an educational institution for an audience made up primarily of students and for the purposes of education or training. If you plan to play live radio or a television broadcast on MRU premises at an event open to the public, you will need to contact the MRU Copyright Advisor at MRUcopyright@mtroyal.ca, who will assist you in seeking permission or obtaining the appropriate license.

 

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Can I copy a television program and show it in class?

MRU Library can tape forthcoming television programs and procure the necessary permissions upon request, provided you are showing the material in class. Contact MRU Library's Media Services for details.

 

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Do I need to get permission to show an episode of TV show or documentary that is freely available on the internet from the authorized or source site?

This depends on the particular "Terms of Use" or "Terms of Service" of the website from which you obtained the TV show or documentary. If the Terms of Use specifically allow this use, or are silent on this issue, you are allowed to show the video in class. If the Terms of Use prohibit this activity, then you cannot. 

The Library is also happy to consider purchasing DVDs or streaming video products, with proper permissions for your use in the classroom, if it is available. As well, the Library can tape forthcoming television programs and procure the necessary permissions upon request; contact the MRU Library's Media Services for details.

 

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Attribution

Content on this page has been copied and adapted from the "Copyright at UBC" website, created by the University of British Columbia under a CC BY 4.0 International License.

Have a copyright question?

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:

  • Tues: 9:00 - 10:30 am
  • Thurs: 2:30 - 4:00 pm