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Copyright at MHC

In-Lecture Use of Audio or Video

In-Lecture Use of Audio and Video

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  • Here, the differences between online and in-person teaching can be a bit more complex.
  • Playing audio or video of legally-obtained physical media (music or audio visual materials like DVD's or CD's for example) during an in-person class session is permitted under section 29.5 of the Copyright Act.
  • However, that exception generally doesn't cover playing the same media online
  • If you can limit audio and video use for your course to relatively brief clips, you may be able to include those in lecture recordings or live-casts using MHC's fair dealing guidelines in the Copyright Act.
  • At Medicine Hat College, we have fair dealing guidelines that allows you to use up to 10% of a copyrighted work to be distributed to students in your class only.
  • For media use longer than brief clips, you may need to have students independently access the content outside of your lecture.
  • Some further options are outlined below.


Where to Post Your Videos

  • Videos and media can be posted on Blackboard.
  • If you use services like YouTube to post your own educational videos, remember to continue to be copyright compliant.  Please note it is more likely that videos posted on YouTube may encounter some automated copyright enforcement, such as a takedown notice, or disabling of included audio or video content.
  • Digital versions of media may be available through the library to be placed on reserve, in the form of an e-reserve, which will be restricted to students in your class.


                            This resource has been adapted for Canadian universities by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries from material prepared by the Copyright Office.  University of Minnesota document Copyright Services, Rapidly shifting your course from in-person to online.  Unless otherwise noted, all content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.  We would like to acknowledge some contribution of adaptation language from the University of Toronto Scholarly Communications Copyright Office, Ryerson University Library, and the USask Copyright Office.  Additional modifications were made by the MHC Copyright Office.