Copyright means the sole right to produce or reproduce a work or a substantial part of it in any form. Copyright is a type of intellectual property, but differs from other forms of intellectual property such as patents, trademarks, industrial designs, etc. Copyright applies to all original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works as well as subject matter which are not works such as performer's performances, sound recordings, and communication signals.
At the University of Saskatchewan, use of copyrighted materials is governed by: the Canadian Copyright Act; the University's Copyright Policy; licensing agreements signed with providers for electronic resources such as databases, e-books and e-journals; and permissions gained from copyright owners such as authors and publishers. See also the Licensed Resources tab.
Canada's Copyright Act is a piece of legislation that lays out the allowable uses of materials protected by copyright. The Copyright Act was amended by Bill C-11, the Copyright Modernization Act, which became law on November 17, 2012 with intention to:
Points above from Summary of the Copyright Modernization Act, 2012-06-29. All remaining sections of the Bill became effective on January 2, 2015.
This guide is intended to assist University of Saskatchewan faculty, staff and students using information resources that are protected under copyright law in Canada in an academic institution. This guide does not provide legal advice which should be sought from a copyright lawyer.
The Copyright Office is responsible for coordinating copyright activities on the U of S campus. This includes "...responsibility for increasing awareness and promoting best practice across campus in relation to copyright."
For more information please see the University's Copyright web site.