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What is Copyright?

What is Copyright? by Vandana Taxali


  • Physical ownership of a work versus copyright of a work


  • Copyright right is a statutory right created by the Copyright Act.


  • Copyright is a bundle of economic and moral rights pursuant to the Copyright Act


  • Section 3 of the Act provides the copyright owner with the exclusive right to produce, reproduce, perform, adapt, translate, publish, make a recording, communicate by telecommunication, and present an artistic work at an exhibition or any substantial part of a work. The right to communicate a work to the public by telecommunication, and the right to rent out certain works.


  • The creator of an original literary, dramatic, artistic, or musical work is given the exclusive right to use and to permit others to use the work by way of performance, exhibition and reproduction.


  • Artistic works include artwork, illustrations, graphics, logs, maps etc.. Literary works refers to books, periodicals, newspapers, journals, papers, software, directories, etc.


  • However, for our purposes at CANCOPY, we are concerned with the reproduction right of published works (and not for instance, music or computer programs). We do not licence for uses such as reproduction of a published work on a T-shirt or mug.

What does it mean to reproduce?


  • Photocopy
  • Fax
  • Internet digital reproduction
  • By Hand

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