Copyright protects the form in which literary, artistic, musical and dramatic works are expressed. In Canada, copyright exists once a work is expressed in fixed form; no special registration needs to take place. Copyright usually resides with the creator of the work. Copyright exists in most work for 50 years after the death of the creator.
The University of Calgary 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.
The Copyright Office will review and provide copyright clearance for your course materials – a process that is usually completed within a few days. There a number of ways to seek copyright review and ensure your course materials are compliant.
Materials can be submitted using the new Reading List Tool (Leganto). This option is available under the “Tools” tab in D2L. Or, if you prefer, the Copyright Office would be happy to create the list for you to get you started with this new process. Please request list creation by submitting your course reading list to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if the Copyright Office has cleared your materials in the past, you can send them your course information and they will work from their records. More information on this streamlined robust tool can be found here.
You can also send your course materials to email@example.com or contact the Copyright Office for assistance if the materials have already been posted to D2L.
For more information or general copyright questions, contact the Copyright Office.