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How the Canadian Copyrights law will effect a Digital Media Class in High School?

The Canadian government has introduced a new copyright legislation Bill C-32 on 2010. Before the new copyright law, it was for example for consumer illegal to copy content from a CD to a computer or iPhone. Watch on the video below what was also illegal before the changes.

Changes in Bill C-32

The new copyright law (Bill C-32) contains a number of changes in order to make the Bill more consumer friendly, in most cases by legalizing practices that are already common. These changes include:

  • format shifting: copying of copyrighted content from one device to another, such as from a computer to an iPod;
  • time shifting: recording and temporary storage of a program for later viewing;
  • back-ups: making a back-up copy of content to protect against loss or damage;
  • mash-ups: explicitly allowing the mixing of media under certain circumstances and not for commercial gain; new moral and other rights for performers and photographers; and
  • an exemption for the temporary copying of copyrighted material for certain technological processes.


Effects for Educators

On the one hand, the new law allows teachers to have greater access of digital media without doing an illegal act. Educators are allowed to use copyrighted materials for online courses and would allow students to reproduce course materials received through telecommunications. On the other hand, teachers and educational institutions are required to destroy any digital course materials containing copyrighted works within 30 days of the end of a course. Therefore, the disadvantage of the law is that educators cannot store copyrighted materials for future courses. It complicates the creation of a educational library.

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