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DVDs & Off-Air Taping - Copyright

Faculty may show legal copies of feature films and documentaries for educational or training purposes (not for profit) on College premises before an audience consisting primarily of students of the College.  Section 29.5 (d) of the Copyright Act.

An agreement with Audio-Cine Films (expires February 28, 2014) also permits faculty to show certain feature films in class.

  • Check the list of distributors at Audio-Cine Films - Partner Studios for the name of the distributor of the film you wish to show.  If the distributor does not appear on the list, please contact library staff.
  • Programs must be legally manufactured copies and not taped from television.
  • The agreement does not cover non-educational presentations by associated organizations such as student associations, community groups, etc. or screenings to the general public.
  • The license is granted for programs where Audio-Cine Films is the exclusive non-theatrical licensing agent for the studios and production companies.

For requests to purchase DVDs for the library collections, speak to the campus Librarian or use the Suggestion Box 

Off-Air Taping
Copyright Reporting Requirements
Educational institutions are required to keep records when television and radio programs are taped for educational purposes, the exception being a news or news commentary program where the copy is destroyed within 72 hours of being made and is not shown to students.  Educational Rights Collective of Canada Reporting Requirements (ERCC)

Educational institutions and those acting under their authority may tape radio and television programs at broadcast time and show the tape in class to an audience primarily of students for educational and training purposes without paying royalties as follows:

  • News and news commentary programs may be taped and shown for up to one year without having to pay royalties. Royalties must be paid after that
  • Other programs may be taped for evaluation purposes only and kept for up to 30 days.  If the tape is shown in the class or kept any longer, royalties set by the ERCC must be paid. 

Questions?  copyright@centennialcollege.ca

Revised March 25, 2013