Graduate students

Friday, November 25, 2022

Copyright 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).

What does this mean for me?

Monday, June 27, 2022

Website 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:

52. How do I ask for permission to use figures/images/tables from an academic publication?

Most publishers provide some way of asking permission to use an article through the webpage that hosts the content. Usually a ‘request permissions’ button will be available, and will direct you to the service (such as the Copyright Clearance Center) that grants permission. These forms generally ask questions about what you plan to do with the content and usually have an option for reuse in a thesis/dissertation.

50. Can I publish work (an article/conference proceeding/book) based on my thesis?

Generally, yes. You own the copyright in your thesis, aside from in a couple scenarios outlined below(*). Because you own copyright you can reuse the work however you see fit, as long as it does not impact the University's ability to host the thesis on UWSpace (remember, you are required to provide a non-exclusive licence to the University).

A couple things to keep in mind:

What is a vanity publisher and why does it matter?

What is the issue? 

Many graduate students and post-docs have been contacted with an offer to publish their thesis. A lot of these publishing offers are coming from vanity presses that take advantage of researchers' desire to be published to advance in their field. 

What is a vanity press?

Vanity press: a publishing house that publishes books at the author's expense —called also vanity publisher

49. Is there anyone available to help me obtain copyright permission? 

The W Store obtains copyright permissions for printed courseware; the Library obtains permissions for Course Reserves material; and the Centre for Extended Learning obtains permission for fully online courses. For other uses, you may obtain permission yourself by emailing or writing a letter to the copyright owner.

47. Can I make photocopies of copyright materials at a W Print outlet?

It depends on how much you want to copy. The W Print staff can help you determine if the materials you are photocopying require copyright permission. If you have any questions before visiting a W Print outlet, please call extension 33996 or email

46. Why is there sometimes a fee for copyright material used in courseware?

Copyright holders and creators of works have the right to charge a fee for the use of their materials unless the use is otherwise covered by fair dealing, another exception, or a Library licence.These fees vary, usually based on the number of pages or excerpts copied and the number of copies made. All copyright charges are collected on behalf of the copyright holders and remitted to them.