Copyright is a form of intellectual property that gives the creator of an original work, such as a book, song, movie or computer program, exclusive rights in relation to that work. These rights include the rights to publish, distribute and adapt the work. The rights are for a certain time period, after which the work is said to enter the public domain.
The Canadian Copyright Act is an important marketplace framework law that aims to provide fair and predictable rules, in line with new technological developments and international standards. These rules should encourage the creation and distribution of new knowledge by creators, while facilitating access to this new knowledge by all Canadians.
The Copyright Act applies to all original literary, artistic, dramatic and musical works, including computer programs, and gives the creator the sole right to produce or reproduce a work or a substantial part of it in any form. Copyright law also protects performances and sound recordings.
For further information, see
- the Canadian Heritage section for the Copyright Policy Branch, and
- the websites of the Copyright Board of Canada and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.
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