What is Copyright?
Copyright is the right to copy. The Canadian Copyright Act grants rights to the creators of works giving them the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, distribute, or sell their works.
Who Owns The Copyright in a Work?
The copyright owner is most often the author or creator of the work. A creator could be an author, artist, musician, photographer, etc. If the work is created in the course of employment, the employer holds the copyright.
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What are Moral Rights?
Only the copyright owner has the right to decide when and how their work is copied. In addition, these rights include moral rights. Moral rights include:
The right of association including:
The right of integrity including:
The general rule is that the rights and protection for a copyrighted work lasts the life of the creator plus 50 years.
Copyright infringement is the use of a copyright protected work without the permission of the creator or use of a copyright protected work in excess of the exceptions set out in the Copyright Act of Canada.