Always assume a work is protected by copyright unless it clearly states otherwise.
There are particular user's rights in the Copyright Act that allow you to use copyright protected works under particular circumstances.
A user's rights in the Copyright Act that allows reuse of copyright protected works, as long as the 'dealing' is 'fair'. There are eight allowable purposes under fair dealing:
Use the Six Factor Test to determine if your 'dealing' is 'fair'.
|1. Purpose||Is your use for one of the eight allowed purposes under fair dealing?|
|2. Character||Are you creating a single copy of the work of multiple copies?|
|3. Amount||How much of the original work are you copying?|
|4. Alternatives||Is there a reasonable alternative to making a copy?|
|5. Natures||Is the original work published, unpublished, or confidential?|
|6. Effect||What is the economic effect of copying the work? Will the copy of the work compete with the original work?|
Note: a dealing does not have to satisfy all six factors to be considered fair.
A person may use an existing work which has been published or otherwise made available to the public in the creation of a new work, provided:
Copyright Act, Section 29.21
Works published under open licenses have less copyright restrictions than traditional, all-rights-reserved copyright. Creative Commons are an example of an internationally recognized open license.
Many websites now create their own licenses. Always check the terms-of-use of a website to see allowed uses of content.
The image below outlines allowed uses of Creative Commons licenses. For more information, visit: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/
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