Digital Communications Module
Contact: Andrew Jones

Digital Laws

Digital Laws are slowly being updated to deal with cyber crimes: Nova Scotia officially made cyber-bullying acts illegal and promissed offenders or their parents will face harsh penalties in the future. Internet crimes are landing people serious jail time and fines.

Stealing people's ideas are also a crime in Canada. Intelectual protery is covered under the Copyright Law of Canada. It is very strict and we might not even realize that some of the things we do are breaking the law.


I. You have already learned about how Amanda Todd was bullied to death by someone on the internet. That guy lived in another country but he was still convicted for his cyber crime. Read the story Link 1 or Link 2. After reading one of the news articles, summarize in a paragraph the results of the case.


II. Use Copyright Matters! (3rd edition) to complete the following scavenger hunt for copyright facts.

1. For which pruposes does "Fair Dealings" protect a person when using others' materials? (pg2 top)

2. How much of another's work can be copied under fair dealings? (pg 3 top) 

3. Can you share 10% then another 10% then another 10% of the same work.........Explain? (pg 3 mid)

4. Can a fee be charged by a place when providing other's copyrighted work without permission? (pg 3 bottom)

5. Can teachers copy and use other's work for the purpose of teaching and tests? (pg 4) 

6. Can a school make a large print book for a student with vision problems without permission? (pg 5 bottom)

7. Can teachers and students use audio or video for school projects at school? If so what are the rules? (pg 7)

8. Can students at school preform a play or play music that is copyrighted? Explain. (pg 8-9)

9. Can schools legally play music at their own dances and sporting events without getting permission from SOCAN? Explain. (pg 10 bottom)

10. What are the key questions to use when figuring out if video and music use is legal by staff and students? (pg 11 bottom)

11. Can students and teachers use other's copyright protected work to create NEW works? If yes are their rules? (pg 12)

12. Can a teacher or student rent or buy a dvd and show it in class? Explain. (pg 15 top)

13. Can a teacher or student copy a dvd or show at home and show that in class or school? Explain. (pg 15 bottom) 

14. Can the owner of computer software make a copy? Explain. (pg 17)

15. Can teachers and students copy from the internet? Are there rules? (pg 18)

16. Are the works you create in school copyright protected? Explain how you feel about this. (pg 19)

17. Look at pg. 22 and examine the references given. Make up a FAKE book or story and practice making a reference for the book. Put the author, title, dates etc.... in the right spots. (You are going to try and copy the correct way to reference a book by making up fake info about a fake book and placing it in the right spot.)



Thank you to all those teachers that were so willing shared their work to improve the standard of education for students.