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Copyright is the sole and exclusive right of a copyright owner to produce, reproduce, perform, publish, adapt, translate, and telecommunicate a work, and to control the circumstances in which others may do any of these things.
In Canada, copyright is implied; as soon as a work is created, it is protected by copyright even if the author does not include a copyright statement or symbol. The Canadian Copyright Act (and Canadian court decisions) automatically governs an original work for the life of the author plus 50 years.
The term "work" means:
Generally (but not always), the author of the work is the copyright owner - and that person is said to own or hold the copyright in the work. In other words, they have the right to control if and how the work will be produced, copied, performed, etc. The rights of the copyright owner, however, are subject to certain users rights or 'exceptions', which permit members of the general public to copy, perform, etc. works in certain limited circumstances, without the copyright owner's knowledge or permission.
Copying or scanning can be carried out under any one of the following circumstances:
You may not copy or scan:
The premise for the above is that copying is not intended to substitute for the purchase of a work that is commercially available in a medium that is appropriate for the purpose.
Note: Copying or communicating multiple short excerpts from the same copyright-protected work, with the intention of copying or communicating substantially the entire work, is prohibited.
Note: You cannot use logos or trademarks without prior permission from the owner. These are not covered under copyright law and do not have any educational exceptions.
Some other do nots:
Attribution: This material has been adapted for Medicine Hat College from Royal Roads University Copyright Guide and Kwantlen Polytechnic University Copyright Guide. This page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike International license.