Virtual classrooms and public readings now allowed

Virtual classrooms and public readings now allowed

Using protected documents in the classroom while respecting copyright is a challenge for teachers. With the pandemic and the advent of virtual classrooms, many new questions arise. Being able to share documents in the classroom is one thing, sharing them on web platforms is another.

Copibec and the ministère de l'Éducation make it easier for you, thanks to a new reproduction rights agreement! Important changes have been made to the Preschool, elementary and high schools agreement to help you teach from home and to allow public reading.

Virtual classrooms on secured platforms

Whether you are live or recorded, you can now share protected materials in your virtual classrooms. The same terms of use and reproduction limits still apply, whether you are teaching in person or by videoconference.

Virtual classroom and secured platform, what's that?

These are web platforms that allow you to share documents with your students and/or teach your class online, live or recorded.

The challenge of sharing copyrighted documents on platforms is to make sure that it will not be distributed or shared elsewhere. That's why you need to make sure that:

- The platform you are using does not provide a license to reuse the shared documents.
- Access is restricted only to students in your class.

If you meet those 2 conditions, be sure to apply the other terms of the agreement.

Public readings

Brand new permission in the agreement: you can now read an entire document, in class or live in your virtual classroom, to your students. This addition will be appreciated, especially by kindergarten and elementary school teachers.

Terms and conditions

Except for public readings, the conditions of use are identical for the use of documents protected by copyright, whether you are in a classroom or in a virtual classroom. The complete set of conditions is available on our website.

Data collection: royalties for creators and publishers

You can make these uses free of charge in return of a royalty payment to the authors and publishers of the documents used, paid by the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.

How does Copibec ensure that royalties are distributed to the right people? Through data collection.

Each year, Copibec identifies schools from across Quebec and asks teachers to report the uses made for their class, whether in the classroom or online.

Thanks to your reporting, authors and publishers receive remuneration that allows them to continue to write and publish the stories of tomorrow.

Your school does not participate in data collection but you still wish to report your uses? The publishers and the authors will appreciate your voluntary participation. Log in to your account!

SAMUEL platform

With the pandemic, access to digital documents is more essential than ever.

Thanks to the agreement, you have access to the SAMUEL platform. It now includes more than 35,000 digital documents (mostly in French). You can download them within the limits of the agreement. The platform applies the limits automatically: no hassle! In addition, the reporting is automatic. Royalties are guaranteed to authors and publishers, and it's simpler for you if your school participates in the data collection.



The DONA service allows you to purchase accessible digital documents for your students with perceptual disabilities. No more tedious scanning to allow your students to read the same documents as their classmates with reading assistive technologies.

More information.