Are there copyright restrictions on showing films in a physical setting?

Our answer:

Under the "Educational Exemption" (Section 110(1)), copyrighted entertainment films may be shown in a school without copyright permission provided that all of the following criteria are met:

  • A teacher or instructor is present
  • The showing takes place in a classroom setting with only the enrolled students attending
  • The film is used as an essential part of the core, required curriculum being taught. (The instructor should be able to show how the use of the motion picture contributes to the overall required course study and syllabus.)
  • The film being used is a legitimate copy, not taped from a legitimate copy or taped from TV