Welcome to Copyright@Waterloo!

Copyright at Waterloo is the central hub for copyright information at the University of Waterloo. This site is updated and maintained by the Copyright Advisory Committee. We are committed to providing copyright-related support and guidance to faculty, staff, and students. If you have questions, please contact copyright@uwaterloo.ca.

For copyright guidance that pertains to you, please navigate to one of the following areas:

  1. Aug. 28, 2023New guidance available: Copyright and generative artificial intelligence

    Generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) and related technologies are subject to existing laws and regulations in Canada, such as intellectual property, copyright and privacy laws, among others. The legal status (e.g., copyright legislation and case law) of GenAI services is currently unsettled in Canada. A new guide on GenAI and copyright is available; designed to help you make an informed decision about using GenAI-created content.

  2. Nov. 25, 2022Copyright term changes to life plus 70 years

    As of December 30, 2022, the copyright term in Canada will be changing from author's life plus 50 years to the author's life plus 70 years. This change was made as part of Bill C-19, the Budget Implementation Act, and is required by Canada's obligations under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).

  3. June 27, 2022Website redesign complete

    Our website has been redesigned to make it easier to use. The Copyright Advisory Committee welcomes your feedback; please fill out the website feedback form or reach out to Lauren Byl, copyright & licensing librarian with your thoughts.

    Content has been arranged into three streams:

Read all news