Syllabus for eTutorial: Canadian Copyright Law

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CCL is a 16 e-lesson eTutorial and a primer and refresher on Canadian copyright law. Includes information on recent amendments to the Canadian Copyright Act and June 2012 Supreme Court of Canada court decisions.

Each e-lesson provides up-to-date information on the topics listed, sets out fundamentals for that topic, and provides URLs for further reading. FAQs about our eTutorials.


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 Completion 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

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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
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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.

Email Lesley with questions about the course.



  1. Lesley says:

    Hi Valerie, please check with the Barreau du Quebec and let us know if you require any information from us to help ensure you receive credit.

  2. Valerie says:

    Good morning,

    I am wondering whether the e-tutorial is “accredited” by the Barreau du Québec continued education program or under LSUC (since training recognized by LSUC is automatically recognized by the Barreau)?

    Thank you.

  3. Lesley says:

    Hi Katy, this eTutorial on Canadian Copyright Law is generally offered at least twice a year. Please check again in early 2014 for our next offering or follow us on Twitter @Copyrightlaws

  4. Katy says:

    How often are these courses offered? I’ll be significantly less busy in early 2014, but don’t want to miss the opportunity to take this one if it’s the last one offered for awhile…

  5. Lesley says:

    Yes Sarah, you’ll be able to self-pace the course. See further information above under FAQs on how eTutorials work.

  6. Sarah says:

    Are participants required to complete the course in the 4 week period? Or is it ok to stretch it to 6 weeks?

  7. Lesley says:

    Thanks Brenda, participants spend varying amounts of time on each e-lesson. Schedule 30-60+ minutes per lesson, depending on how much further you want to research each issue as each lesson contains further URLs to review. The purpose of the eTutorial type of course provided by is to provide small pieces of information that you can review at your desk, print and review on your coffee break, or read on your smart phone or ereader.

  8. Brenda says:

    excuse me – I meant 2013

  9. Brenda says:

    I’m considering taking this course in 2012 – approximately how long should each e-lesson take?

  10. Lesley says:

    Hi Christine, we will email you 3 e-lessons per week. We recommend that you review the lesson within a day or two so you do not get behind. However, it is up to you to schedule your study time. If you start the course after Oct 22, then you will have to catch up on your own rather than keep pace with the class, so it is self-directed learning. Hope you will join us!

  11. Christine says:

    Especially since learners can start the course in November, is the pacing of learning self-directed or flexible?

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