Copyright law allows for the use of multimedia in a classroom situation (Section 110(1)). You may display or perform a work in your class without obtaining permission or doing a fair use analysis if your use meets the following criteria:
The use is:
- for instructional purposes
- in face-to-face teaching
- at a non-profit educational institution.
You may perform/display:
- all or part of a motion picture or television show
- include photos, images, graphs, etc. in lecture slides
- play music
In order to do the above, the materials that you use must be from legal copies
Guidelines were developed and published in Circular 21 page 23 to cover the issue of off-air taping by non-profit educational institutions. As with the other Educational Copying Guidelines, these represent the minimum standards.
Broadcast television shows:
- may be recorded simultaneously with the broadcast;
- retained for 45 days after the recording for teacher evaluation;
- used once in the course of instruction with the first 10 days of recording;
- done at the request of the instructor;
- copies may be created to meet the needs of the instructor but must comply with all other guidelines;
- copies must include the copyright notice on the program as recorded;
- copies must be destroyed after 45 days.