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Copyright Overview

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Welcome to Assiniboine's Copyright Support. We're here to help the college community better understand copyright as it applies to the academic setting. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to successfully navigate Canadian copyright law and ensure you're working within its limits. Assiniboine's copyright support is provided by:

  • Josh Seeland, Academic Integrity & Copyright Officer, Library

Assiniboine Community College encourages access to works while ensuring that the rights of creators are respected in accordance with the Copyright Act. It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure compliance with copyright regulations.

This guide provides information related to copyright for educational information purposes only, and is not intended as legal advice.

Copyright Law

What is Copyright?

Canada’s Copyright Act was originally enacted in 1924 and revised in 2012. It allows the use of many copyrighted materials by educational institutions such as Assiniboine. Copyright exists for most works in fixed form for 70 years after the death of the creator (new as of July 1, 2020 - Canada has two-and-a-half years to implement this change). After this time, the work goes into the public domain and may be freely used.