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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am a teacher. Do I need permission to photocopy from one of your books?
A: 
Every publicly funded school in Canada (excluding Quebec) has a licence to copy through Access Copyright. Public schools in Quebec have similar licenses through Copibec. This type of licence gives you permission to copy from our books, so long as

  • the copying is for educational purposes only
  • no more than 10% of a published work is copied.

Instruction manuals and teachers' guides are excluded from this licence, as are consumable items such as workbooks and assignment sheets. For more details, please visit please visit the Access Copyright or Copibec websites>.

Q: Can I show a video that I purchased from Scholastic in my class or in my school?
A: 
No. Videos purchased from Scholastic Clubs and Fairs do not include public performance rights and are intended for individual or home use only. Only videos obtained through certain educational suppliers or education media centres include public performance rights and they are generally priced higher to include these rights. Contact the Visual Education Centre or Audio-Ciné Films for these videos.

Q: Do I need permission to show one of your book covers on my website or to link to your website?
A: 
We allow for links from other websites and/or cover images to be used on other websites for the promotion of our books only.

If you link to www.scholastic.ca, you may only link to the home page, and the link must be in plain text, unless otherwise approved in writing by Scholastic. Any such link must not damage, dilute or tarnish the goodwill associated with Scholastic and/or any Scholastic intellectual property, nor may the link create the false appearance that your website or organization is sponsored, endorsed by, affiliated or associated with Scholastic, and you may not "frame" Scholastic.ca. You may not link to Scholastic.ca from any website that is unlawful, abusive, indecent or obscene, that promotes violence or illegal acts or that is otherwise inappropriate in Scholastic's sole discretion. Scholastic reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate any link from any web site.

To request permission to place a link from your website to Scholastic.ca for any purpose other than book promotion, please send a written description including your name, address, website URL, and nature of the website to: permissions@scholastic.ca.

Q: How do I determine if Scholastic Canada is the original copyright holder?
A: 
The copyright page of most books includes a copyright notice that identifies the year of copyright and the name of the publisher from whom written permission must be obtained if reproduction is being requested. The copyright notice will indicate the name and address of the publisher to be contacted to request permission. For example, if Scholastic Inc., New York is indicated as the copyright holder, please contact:

Permissions Department
Scholastic Inc.
557 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
msmall@scholastic.com
Fax 212-343-6926

Otherwise, please follow the instructions on the main Permissions page to send in your request.

Q: Can I post a video of a book reading on online?
A: 
As per the Copyright Act, we allow students and teachers to use Scholastic Canada copyright-protected books to create and post new work such as videos, for educational purposes only, provided that:

  1. The new work is only used for non-commercial purposes.
  2. The original book title, author, illustrator and Scholastic Canada Ltd. are mentioned or noted in a credit.
  3. The original book used to generate the content was acquired legally.
  4. The resulting user-generated content does not have a “substantial adverse effect” on the market for the original book.