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Task 5.4.2 – Apply terms of use of information and contents


Description of Task 5.4.2 – Apply terms of use of information and contents

Students understand what a license is under the terms of the Copyright Act and are aware of the different types of licenses.

The diffusion of school work or personal productions in public (including in classrooms, on the internet and in social media) is more constrained than the use of a work in school work. This task leads students to be aware of their role as public authors (Source: CRLA).

To accomplish this task, students identify and respect the conditions of use and sharing of works (diffusion rights, recording, interpretation or reproduction). They obtain the authorizations required. They seek to learn, understand and apply the rules for the use and sharing of works belonging to their institution.

Supplemental Information

Students are informed about the significance of a license and the rules regarding its use (e.g. Copyright and Creative Commons).

They understand the nature of the rights granted under a license or a contract and respect these rights.

Students know and apply the rules in effect in their institution regarding the conditions for use and sharing of works. They obtain the authorizations required from authors, distributers or publishers to respect these rules.

Licence: A license grants the licensee permission, consent or clearance to use the copyrighted work according to the terms specified by the licensor, who is the owner of the copyright. (Source : Clinique juridique des artistes de Montréal).

Requirements – Suggestions

Students provide proof that they have obtained from the author, producer or distributor, a license for the use (for recording, interpretation, sharing or reproduction) of a work as part of an assignment.

Potential Tools

The following resources may support students in this task:

  • The college’s IPESA;
  • College policies on the use and sharing of works;
  • The Canadian Copyright Act;
  • The rules of companies that manage copyright (e.g. COPIBEC).

In Practice

One or more resource person(s) from the educational institution may advise students on the legal use of works (e.g. a librarian or SMTE, technician, pedagogical counsellor, etc.

Essential documentation for making good decisions in this area is often distributed by the institution itself (e.g. in a student agenda, website, etc.).

Students may integrate into their work an illustration produced by a recognized expert by citing the source and adding a reference in their mediography. However, if students make their work available to the public on the internet, they may have to request the authorization of the author to fully respect intellectual property.

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