What is Copyright?
Copyright is a legal mechanism that protects the Moral and Economic Rights of Content Creators in association with their Works. In Canada, copyright protection generally lasts for 50 years after the death of the Content Creator. When this period of time lapses, the work enters into the public domain and its use is free and unrestricted.
The term ‘Content Creator’ refers to authors, artists, musicians, performers, photographers, movie and music producers, etc.
The term ‘Works’ refers to artistic, dramatic, literary, and musical works as well as sound recordings, performers’ performances, and broadcast signals.
Content Creators have the right to protect their reputations and the integrity of their Works.
|The use of a work must not jeopardize its integrity.
|The use of a work must not harm the content creator’s reputation.
|The use of a work, in whole or in part, must acknowledge the source of the work and its content creator.
Content Creators have the right to exploit the economic potential of their Works by controlling how their Works are used.
|Any replication of the work by any means.
|Example: making copies by photocopying, scanning, downloading, etc.
|Changing the format of a work.
|Example: making digital copies of a print materials.
|Circulating the work or copies of the work whether for profit or not.
|Example: distributing paper handouts in class or emailing a PDF.
|Displaying a work in public.
|Example: using an overhead projector to display an image for the class.
|Performing a work in public.
|Example: Showing a movie to the class or re-enacting scenes from a play.
|Determining how the work is first made available to the public.
|Example: posting to a website or publishing in an academic journal.
|Transmitting the work to the public by means of wired or wireless broadcast or telecommunication.
|Example: using FanshaweOnline to make a digital copy of a work available to the class.
|Modifying the work.
|Example: adapting a novel to create a film or translating a passage from one language to another.
|Authorizing any of the abovementioned acts.
|Example: granting permission to reproduce a work for use within a coursepack that will be sold to students.
Failure to respect Moral Rights and the exercising of any Economic Rights without the authorization of the Content Creator would constitute copyright infringement.