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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.

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.

34. Are there any databases of copyright materials that I can use for free without worrying about copyright?

Yes. There's a wealth of material out there which is either in the public domain or available under what is known as Creative Commons licensing, which generally means the work is available for free, subject to certain limited conditions, such as non-commercial use only and acknowledgment of the author.

33. Can students include copyright materials in their assignments and presentations?

Generally yes. Since fair dealing now includes education, students may include limited amounts of material in their assignments and presentations. See the Fair Dealing Advisory for details about amounts allowable under fair dealing.

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