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Copyright and Intellectual Property- Canada

Copyright and Intellectual Property

CopyrightIn it's simpliest form means the "right" to "copy". The holder of the copyright is the only person who can decide how his/her intellectual property may be produced/reproduced.

No! Ideas CannotAn idea or thought in itself cannot be subject to copyright; only the expressions of a particular idea is copyright.For example, think about all the zombie movies, books, and shows out there. The thought of a zombie plague/ apocalypse IS NOT copyright. The particular expression of that idea, such as in a movie, a book IS.

How does it works?

Intellectual PropertyRefers to objects that don't exist in a physical form but can be owned the same way a physical property. For example, I own the computer I used to make this Glog (physical property). However, the files that I have on it that I have created, and photos I have taken and downloaded onto it are my "intellectual property". ALL intellectual property is copyright by law, with or without registering for copyright protection.


Intellectual Propertyis Copyright IF...

1. Originality- It is your own original work. What you copyright, cannot be in itself a copy.2. Fixation- It is expressed in some form- Your work can only be copyright if there is some form of expressing it to others. Example: Writing down your idea for an invention.3.Nationality- Your intellectual property can be copyright in Canada only if you are a citizen of CanadaAdapted from: Copyright Law in Canada: An Introduction to the Canadian Copyright Act (Makarenko, 2009)

Can an idea be Copyright?

Copyright & Students

Want to access and share ideas without needing to give out your permission?

As a student, certain exceptions are made to the Copyright Act for the purpose of education. Such exceptions can be found in more detail under Bill C-11. In general remember these three things when working with copyright material1.Citation-this refers to given written acknowledgement to the original piece of work you took ideas or materials from. There are specific ways to do this called "Citation Styles". One example is APA.2. Don't Break Digital Locks- refers to digital right management systems (DRM's). They are coded information embedded into media (dvd's, videos, music etc.) which prevent you from making a copy of it. Using an app or online program to get around this is illegal regardless of the purpose.3.Terms of use trumpt Copyright exceptions- Refers to the condtions under which a product may be used. This is usually the thing you click "yes" or "I agree"when it pops up before you are allowed to use or download a program. Although educational purposes allow us to get around copyrights in some cases, terms of use cannot be broken for a product.


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