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Copyright for Students

OCAD U students are creators of material that is subject to the protections of the Canadian Copyright Act. Every day, students also use the copyright-protected material of others in the course of our research, studio practice, and learning. The law and its application by Canadian courts serve to strike an equitable balance between these creator and user rights. Accordingly, each of us has both privileges and obligations that arise from Canadian copyright law itself and as it has been interpreted and applied by the courts.

Rights and Exceptions

There are a number of rights and exceptions to be considered in using material in copyright, as well as exhibiting and sharing works that you own the rights to. While there isn't enough time to elaborate on all of them, here are a few to consider:

  • Fair Dealing: The fair dealing exception allows all Canadians to use copyright-protected works for certain purposes without permission from the copyright owner and without payment.
    This guide, provided by Western University, provides a framework for determining Fair Dealing
  • Non-profit Educational Institutions: The Copyright Act also contains specific exceptions for non-profit educational institutions.
    This guide, also from Western, outlines the Educational Exception
  • The Status of the Artist Act: Allows artists to collectively negotiate standard rates for exhibition in Canada
  •  The Exhibition Right: Grants visual artists to receive payment when their work is exhibited in a public exhibition and is not for sale
    CARFA provides information and resources about the Exhibition Right, Reproduction Right, and Moral Rights.
Partially adapted from Western University CC-BY-SA