One of the most interesting changes to the copyright law is the section called “Non-commercial User-generated Content” (Copyright Act, 29.21). This section is also known as the “mashup” law.
A mashup is “content containing any or all of text, graphics, audio, video and animation drawn from pre-existing sources, to create a new derivative work.” (from Wikipedia)
Mashups take 2 or more things and mashes them together. So imagine taking a song, video footage and your lecture and mashing it together.
This law is the first of its kind in the world and allows the use of copyrighted material in the creation of new works (under certain conditions).
So what can you do?
Examples of using the new law:
Image from the internet + public domain image (although they didn’t cite it!) + commentary = a political poster
Images from the internet + music from the internet + instruction = an educational video
Images from the internet (again, they should have cited the images!) + facts + commentary = informational presentation