Library Research Guides
The purpose of this guide is to assist faculty in making informed decisions for working with copyrighted materials.
Best practice is to model good behaviour by:
If you have question about copyright please contact Faculty Liaison Librarian, Meg Tyrell.
Nothing on this guide was written by lawyers, and thus, should not be considered to be legal advice.
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What is Copyright?
In Canada, copyright is governed by the Copyright Act, a federal law that regulates the reproduction and use of intellectual creations.
How does Copyright work?
Copyright protects works from being copied without permission from the copyright holder. It automatically applies to all original works such as books, films, articles, performances, recordings, photographs, paintings, music, digital works and broadcasts.
What is the duration of Copyright?
The length of copyright on an original work is typically 50 years after the death of the creator. After copyright expires, the work becomes part of the public domain and can be freely copied and distributed.
Explore the Copyright Faculty Toolkit available through the Learning Portal
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