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Ontario Government Emphasizes User Rights in its Copyright Policy for Education

The Government of Ontario's Ministry of Education has issued a policy memorandum to all provincial elementary and secondary schools regarding the use of copyright-protected works for education. The government's approach, which takes effect immediately, represents a strong endorsement of users' rights, citing not only fair dealing but over a dozen additional educational exceptions that are now part of Canadian copyright law.

The government adopts fair dealing guidelines developed by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, which largely covers the same copying permitted under an Access Copyright licence. The guidelines, which permit copying of up to 10 percent of a work, a single article, or a chapter from a book, state:

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