Copyright grants the creator of published material the ability to influence how their work is used. Generally speaking, copyright law lets users access content for personal use only.
So, if someone wants to share copies of published work in a school environment, even if it’s for educational purposes, then by law the copyright owner must grant permission first. Complying with copyright law is just as important as the other laws that your school must comply with.
The copyright licensing agencies have obtained advanced permission from the creators of the published content for their work to be used for educational purposes – far beyond what is normally permitted under the Copyright Act.
Without the right licence, teachers, the principal, and the Board of Trustees can be held liable for copyright infringement.
And legally gain access to new resources.
Demonstrate to staff and students that your school understands the importance of ownership, gaining permission to use content, and respecting other people’s work.
There are three copyright licences that cover print, music, and audio-visual material.
While each licence is available individually, most lessons include multiple types of media, so most schools need two—if not all three—of the three licences to be compliant.
The licences are renewable annually and are costed based on student numbers. Whether you are renewing, engaging with us for the first time, or updating your current arrangements: it’s time to get licensed!
Click the links below to take a more detailed look at each licence and the world of opportunities they offer your school.