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Copyright and Licensing   Tags: copyright, fair dealing, licensing, usage rights  

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Important Resources

  • Copyright Guidelines

    The University of Waterloo Copyright page, which contains the Fair Dealing Advisory.

  • Fair Dealing Advisory

    Part of the University Copyright Guidelines, the Fair Dealing Advisory provides guidelines for teachers, instructors, professors, and staff, in using copyright protected materials.

  • Copyright and Licensing

    Information describing the differences between copyright and licensing, and when each applies.

  • Finding Usage Rights

    Step by step instructions on how to find rights for licensed content

  • Open Access Guide

    A research guide describing the Open Access movement - what it is and how it benefits you.

  • Creative Commons Guide

    A research guide describing Creative Commons (CC) licenses, and how you can find material with a CC license.


What is Copyright?


Copyright: The exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish or perform a work.

In Canada, a work is automatically protected upon creation if it is original (not a copy) and fixed (expressed in material form). Ideas that have not been expressed in material form and facts are not protected. There are exceptions in copyright law that allow for protected works to be used without permission. Copyright law balances the rights of creators with the public interest and rights of the user.


by Olivia Hotshot licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

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The Copyright Act

  • Copyright Act

    The Copyright Act of Canada is available in full text on the Justice Laws Website.

Helpful Websites

  • CARL - Copyright

    The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) copyright webpage is a rich source of copyright information and links including links to to Canadian university copyright pages.

    "CARL advocates for copyright legislation that is fair to users and workable for libraries."

  • CLA Copyright Information

    Canadian Library Association Copyright Information

  • Copyright - Canadian Intellectual Property Office

    Includes a guide, application forms and an FAQ.


    A resource designed to provide information on copyright and licensing for creators, owners, distributors, and consumers of content.

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