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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:

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 courseware@uwaterloo.ca.

43. Do I need to obtain permission to use copyright material in my course packs?

Under fair dealing, short excerpts of copyright-protected material may be included in course packs without permission. See the Fair Dealing Advisory for details. In addition some material covered by licences that the Library has for electronic resources may be included in course packs.

38. Can Course Reserves scan articles or chapters and put them on electronic reserve for my class? 

Yes. In many cases, works may be scanned and posted under fair dealing or licence terms without the need to obtain permission. Where permission is required, this process can take several weeks. Where there is a charge for a permission, the Library will usually be able to absorb the cost as long as it is reasonable.  

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