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Copyright: Copyright Basics FAQ


What are the laws and rules relating to copyright at NIC?

What does copyright protect?

How do I know if something is protected by copyright?

What rights does a copyright owner have?

What is fair dealing and how does it relate to copyright?

Does fair dealing include teaching?

How long does copyright last?

What is meant by ‘the public domain’? How do I know if something is public domain?

How does copyright work internationally?

How do I get permission to use someone else’s work?

What are moral rights and what do they have to do with copyright?

Are there special rules for scanning?

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

University of South Australia


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

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