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Copyright @ CNA-Q

For Instructors

The following information is to assist instructors on using copyright materials in the classroom. This includes information based on Qatar Law, Canadian Law, CNA and CNA-Q policies.

This page is partially based on information provided by the University of Waterloo.

Qatar Law and Canadian Law

Qatar Law

Qatar - Law No. 7 of 2002 on the Protection of Copyright and Neighboring Rights

21-1: The reproduction is allowed for teaching purposes in educational institutions the activities of which do not serve direct or indirect commercial gain, of articles, short works, or extracts of works, to the extent justified by the purposes provided that:

a) The act of reproduction is an isolated one occurring, if repeated, on separate and unrelated occasions, and

b) There is no collective licence available for reproduction by a competent authority in the collective management of rights of which the educational institution is or should be aware.

c) The name of the author and the title of the work shall be indicated as far as practicable on all copies

Canadian Law - Fair Dealing

Under The Canadian Copyright Act (29) Fair Dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody, or satire does not infringe on copyright.

CNA and CNA-Q Policies

The College of the North Atlantic Fair Dealing Guidelines:

(2.1) All employees and students in non-profit educational institutions may communicate and reproduce, in paper or electronic form, short excerpts from copyright-protected work for the purposes of research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, satire and parody.

In Class - Short Excerpt

As per The College of the North Atlantic Fair Dealing Guidelines:

(2.3) 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:

a) As a class handout;

b) As a posting to a learner or course management system that is password protected or otherwise restricted to students of a school or post-secondary educational institute; and/or

c) As part of a course pack

In-Class - Movies and Videos

a) An instructor is able to show movies in the class room, with some exceptions for streaming services with special licence agreements.

b) An instructor cannot show movies outside of the classroom without the proper rights and permissions

c) Showing YouTube videos will usually be fine but an instructor should always be careful while streaming or downloaded content

Modifying and Adapting Slides

This section is meant to act as a guide for instructors who choose to modify or adapt slides, for in-class use, that are included with course materials.

There does not seem to be a specific precedent in Canadian Copyright Law when it comes to the adapting and modifying of slides. Instructors should be able to do this without infringing on copyright as a result of Fair Dealing. See above for more information on fair dealing.

Instructors should still be aware of the following when modifying and adapting slides for in-class use: 

A)  Read all of the terms and conditions which accompany the materials. It may or may not give specific directions on how the materials can or cannot be used.

B)  Ensure that the source is fully and properly cited.

C)  Ensure that the meaning and integrity of the original materials remain intact.