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Copyright Guide for Faculty and Staff

Open Courses on Copyright & Teaching

Information and Support for Creators

  • SHERPA/RoMEO provides a collection of publisher copyright policies and self-archiving
  • Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is responsible for the administration and processing of intellectual property in Canada, including copyright, patents, trademarks, industrial designs, and integrated circuit topography
  • Creative Commons provides information for creators to consider to facilitate the dissemination of their works while preserving ownership rights
  • Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) is an American organization with an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system (NOTE: not all of the information will be applicable in Canada)

International Information

Copyright protection in Canada lasts for the life of the creator plus fifty (50) years. Copyright extends to other countries by virtue of treaties such as the Berne Convention and Universal Copyright Convention and the term in other countries depends on the national law.

The treatment of intellectual property in many countries is governed by the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), administered by the World Trade Organization.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) works on the development of international standards for copyright and related rights.

Other Resources


Please note: This guide does not provide legal advice. It is intended to give guidance about acceptable use of copyright protected materials.