Rights and Wrongs
A Guide to Online Content Use
This site will help you decide whether or not you
need a license to use specific online content, particularly
at an educational institution. It contains information,
links to relevant websites, and wizards -
forms that allow you to input information about
your intended use and then return a calculated response
tailored to your situation.
Finding out whether you can use a whole class of
content or a particular content title can be a daunting
task because copyright laws are complex, court rulings
can influence legal interpretations, rights to different
media (text, music, video, CDs) are represented
by different collectives, and rights to a content
title may be represented by a company or individual
rather than a collective. This website makes it
easier and quicker to make your determination.
You can use the menu bar on the left to access particular
sections, the arrows at the bottom of each page
to move to the next or previous page, or you can
jump right into the Permissions Wizards, particularly
if you've been to this web site before. The Permission
Wizards will ask you some yes/no questions about
your content and then quickly present you with an
answer: whether you need permission and, if so,
where you can get it. The Wizards also display answers
as traffic signals.
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A Canadian Perspective
The information is aimed at Canadian users. Copyright
laws are different in every country, so content
placed on a Canadian site may be legal for access
in Canada while breaking the law if accessed in
another country. Similarly, a Canadian user may
be breaking the law when accessing online content
that is legally placed on a server in another country.
Some of the national differences among copyright
laws are the length of copyright protection and
the exceptions to copyright, such as Fair Use
(only valid in the U.S.) and Fair Dealing
(valid in Canada and many other countries).
Except as noted, the content is copyright
© Hoffert Communications 2002. All rights are
reserved. Organizations interested in Wizards with
different national or other perspectives should
contact Paul Hoffert at [email protected].
Copy Rights and Wrongs is
a project of the OnDisC
Alliance, a not-for-profit consortium of content
providers and educational users working together
to accelerate the use of rich online media content.
WARNING: This information is provided
only as a guide without warranty of any kind. Legal
advice should be sought where appropriate. The authors
assume no responsibility and no liability for damages
of any kind arising from its use.
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