Canadian Copyright Law

Looking to learn more about Canadian Copyright Law? Below are two choices for education on Canadian copyright law. The first choice is our eTutorial and the syllabus is set out below. The second choice is for those looking for a more comprehensive education on Canadian Copyright Law (scroll to the bottom of the page) where you’ll see information on the Certificate in Canadian Copyright Law. offers several online copyright courses – all in plain English – all for non lawyers trying to manage copyright in their organizations.

Canadian Copyright Law eTutorial

CLICK TO REGISTER FOR THE CANADIAN COPYRIGHT LAW eTUTORIAL’s Canadian Copyright Law eTutorial is a 16 e-lesson eTutorial primer/refresher on Canadian copyright law. Each e-lesson provides up-to-date information on the topics listed, sets out fundamentals for that topic, and provides URLs for further reading. See Syllabus below. FAQs about our eTutorials.

Canadian copyright

Syllabus for Canadian Copyright Law eTutorial

1. Understanding intellectual property
2. History of Canadian copyright law
3. Criteria for copyright protection (e.g., originality, fixation)
4. How to obtain copyright protection
5. How does international copyright protection work?
6. What is protected by copyright?
7. Who owns copyright?
8. The duration of copyright
9. Rights protected by copyright
10. Limitations on rights
11. How may rights be exploited?
12. How is copyright violated?
13. Remedies for the violation of copyright
14. Using copyright-protected materials
15. A comparison of Canadian and U.S. copyright laws
16. Digital copyright and electronic rights

A final 16-question self-marking multiple choice will be e-mailed to participants following lesson 16. You will receive a Certificate of Participation at the end of this eTutorial.

After taking this eTutorial you will be able to:

  • explain Canadian copyright law concepts like how to obtain protection, rights granted to authors and owners and limitations on those rights
  • understand when the use of digital content or social media involves a copyright issue
  • identify what is protected by Canadian copyright law and when you need permission to use copyright materials

Comments from participants:

I was expecting a lot of reading in this course [Canadian Copyright Law], however the lessons are compacted with a lot of information and written for the layperson. – Karen Mah,, Head, Information Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta

The e-mail format of the lessons worked for me as I could do them as I was able within a busy schedule. I may take another eTutorial in the near future. – Carolyn R. Wilker, Freelance Editor/Writer

Who should enroll in this course?

Anyone who needs to understand how to protect content in Canada or to legally use content under Canada’s copyright laws.

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Certificate in Canadian Copyright Law

Courses on Canadian copyright lawLooking for more in-depth information on Canadian Copyright Law? Consider’s Certificate in Canadian Copyright Law. This program provides a practical review of Canadian copyright principles and how to comply with copyright and lower your risks. This program includes five eTutorials, private moderated discussions, exclusive tools for managing copyright, online networking with other copyright professionals, reference materials and more. See our list of recent graduates from this copyright leadership program and imagine your name on that list!

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