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Copyright is the area of law which protects creative works, including literary, artistic, dramatic and musical works, sound recordings, performances and communication signals. Copyright exists in books, articles, posters, manuals, graphs, CDs, DVDs, software, databases, websites, and many other formats. In Canada, copyright is automatic when a work is created and generally lasts for 50 years after the creator’s death.

The Copyright Modernization Act, (Bill C-11) received royal assent on June 29, 2012. Strengthened by Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decisions, the scope of fair dealing in this bill was expanded to include education rights for research and private study. North Island College adopted the ACCC Fair Dealing Guidelines, and implemented NIC Policy 1-17 on September 26, 2012.

Along with the Copyright Act of Canada, which governs use of copyrighted materials, the library has several license agreements with database providers, publishers and distributors, with specific terms and conditions. In addition to these resources, acquired on a subscription model, a number of open access resources licensed under Creative Commons are available to educators for use.

This guide is intended to provide the reader with a better understanding of the effects of copyright legislation in the post-secondary environment using a series of FAQ's organized by topic.

The topics covered include:

About this guide

The information in this guide was derived from the copyright documentation created and generously shared by the following post-secondary institutions:

University of Waterloo

The University of British Columbia

Camosun College

This guide provides information about copyright, licensing and related topics. It is not intended as legal advice.

The following links provide further detail about copyright history, laws and licensing:

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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