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Copyright at Lambton

Using Copyrighted Material in the Classroom

Under Lambton College copyright guidelines, faculty may use handouts, eBooks, videos, chapters from an OER, and many more resource materials in the classroom. It is important to remember that these guidelines are for solely for educational purposes in an educational setting. Please use the guide below for your copyrights as an educator in an educational institution.  

Fair-Dealing Guidelines for Lambton College Educators

Instructors for Lambton College courses may communicate and reproduce, in paper or electronic form, “short excerpts” from a copyright-protected work to their students in a classroom or through their course-assigned D2L. 

Copying or communicating short excerpts from a copyright-protected work under this Fair Dealing Policy for any reason must mention the source and, if given in the source, the name of the author or creator of the work. 

A short excerpt means: 

  • Up to 10% of a copyright-protected work (including a literary work, musical score, sound recording, and an audiovisual work) 
  • Up to 10% or 1 chapter of a print or electronic book or textbook 
  • A single article from a scholarly journal, magazine, newspaper, or other periodical 
  • An entire artistic work (including a painting, print, photograph, diagram, drawing, map, chart, and plan) from a copyright-protected work containing other artistic works 
  • An entire single poem or musical score from a copyright-protected work containing other poems or musical scores 
  • An entire entry from an encyclopedia, annotated bibliography, dictionary or similar reference work

A single copy of a short excerpt from a copyright-protected work may be provided or communicated to each student enrolled in a class or course as: 

  • A class handout 
  • A posting to a learning or course management system that is password protected or otherwise restricted to students of a school or post-secondary educational institution 
  • Part of a course pack 

Copying or communicating multiple short excerpts from the same copyright-protected work, with the intention of copying or communicating substantially the entire work, is prohibited. 

An evaluation of whether the proposed copying or communication is permitted under fair dealing will be made based on all relevant circumstances (see Fair Dealing Factors). 

All copies, including the original source, must be legally obtained. Duplicating illegal copies is prohibited by law.  

In an online environment, all materials may only be shared in a Learning Management System (LMS). At Lambton, post to D2L.

Print Materials

Print Materials
What is allowed? What is not allowed? Explanation
  • Copies handed out in class or scanned and posted to D2L, so long as the copy is fair dealing
  • Short excerpts from print materials  
  • Multiple chapters or excerpts from the same work 
  • Articles from course packs or workbooks 
  • Always provide a citation for the work
  • Copy up to 10% or 1 chapter of a print or eBook

DVDs & Videos

DVDs & Videos
What is allowed? What is not allowed? Explanation
  • Showing DVDs from Library or personal collection for educational purposes ONLY 
  • Streaming video from Library Resources 
  • Public Performances
  • Illegal videos (e.g. pirated DVDs)
  • any resources obtained through private memberships, personal contracts, or licenses (including Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Spotify or other membership-required streaming sites)
  • A public performance license is required if the purpose for the video is not educational (e.g. student groups, marketing fundraisers)
  • Personal streaming services do not allow public performance, nor do they allow use in an educational setting. 
What is allowed? What is not allowed? Explanation
  • Legally posted online by the original copyright holder (e.g. If you want to show a sketch from last week's Saturday Night Live, the video you use must have been uploaded directly to NBC’s official SNL YouTube page, and not from johnsmith12345) Spotting this difference is very important 
  • If the video is free of permission notices banning its use in educational settings
  • Videos that are not posted by the original creator/copyright owner
  • When in doubt, don't use it before you contact the library for a second opinion 


What is allowed? What is not allowed? Explanation
  • A single artistic work/image from a particular source 
  • Photos you’ve taken  
  • Google Images 
  • Photos taken from social media outlets
  • Search for public domain or open source images (e.g. Pixabay) 
  • If you don’t know who took the photo, don’t use it until you see the library for a second opinion
  • Google images are less likely to link to the original copyright owner and should not be trusted 

Television and Radio Broadcasts

Television & Music
What is allowed? What is not allowed? Explanation
  • Screening TV or radio at the time of broadcast 
  • News programs or news commentaries can be recorded and screened in-class 
  • Documentaries and series that are purchased programming can be screened, shows recorded at the time of broadcast can be screened, TV series can be viewed in-class if there is no version available for purchase 
  • TV and radio programming available online may be viewed if there is not a clearly visible notice prohibiting educational use 
  • myLambton or D2L - purchased or recorded at the time of broadcast, audio or video files may or may not be uploaded - each case is unique and must be dealt with individually 
  • Any resources obtained through private memberships, personal contracts, or licenses (including Netflix, Prime Video, Spotify or other membership-required streaming sites)
  • Contact the library for any questions or concerns