The Centre for Canadian Copyright Law recognizes that Canadian copyright law is unique as are the copyright laws in each country. Below we provide Canadian copyright law resources, opportunities to learn more about Canadian copyright law, and updates on recent copyright news in Canada.
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Canadian Copyright Law Articles
Below are practical and plain English resources to start your research in Canadian copyright law.
- 10 Myths About Canadian Copyright Law
- 8 Facts About Canadian Copyright Law
- The Balance in Canadian Copyright Law
- Who Owns Copyright in Canada?
- Duration of Copyright in Canada
- Moral Rights in Canadian Copyright Law
- Orphan Works in Canada: Unlocatable Copyright Owners
- Canadian Versus U.S. Copyright Law
- Canadian Librarians and International Copyright
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- Decision rendered 22 April 2020 in York University's appeal to the recent federal court fair dealing decision against them initiated by Access Copyright. Here's an analysis by Lisa Di Valentino: Education is the key: discussion of Access Copyright v. York University (2020 FCA 77). On 15 October 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada granted applications brought by both York University and Access Copyright for leave to appeal the Federal Court of Appeal decision.
- See another recent interesting fair dealing decision, Wiseau Studio v. Harper
- Read about possible changes to the Canadian copyright law that would create a droit de suite and help artists participate in the gain of their artwork. See CBC story (posted 10 September 2022), Possible Copyright Changes Could Mean More Money for Inuit Artists.
Copibec and Université Laval
In late September 2017, Copibec announced its copyright challenge in Canada against Université Laval. On 13 November 2018, Copibec announced the conclusion of its lawsuit against Université Laval:
Copibec and Université Laval are pleased to announce that their out-of-court settlement agreement was approved by Justice Simon Hébert of the Quebec Superior Courtand that Université Laval has signed the comprehensive licence agreement applicable to Quebec universities.
The Court’s approval of the settlement has now put an end to the legal dispute between the two parties concerning copyright royalty management for the university’s teaching and research activities. Both parties are looking forward to once again working collaboratively for the benefit of authors, publishers, teaching personnel and students.
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)
On 30 September 2018, Canada, Mexico and the United States announced the completion of negotiations towards a new trade agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) includes a chapter on intellectual property. Among other things, it requires member countries to protect copyright for a minimum of 70 years after an author’s death. At the time, the copyright duration in Canada was 50 years after an author’s death. Beginning on 30 December 2022, copyright duration in Canada became life-plus-seventy. See the provisions here and read the following summary of the provisions by Bob Tarantino in his article, "The Never-Ending Present: Extending Copyright's Duration in Canada."