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Ariel Katz on Intellectual Property, Competition, Innovation, and Other Issues

Michael Geist

Government of Canada - Copyright


Announcement Regarding Copyright Library Guide

On March 1st, the Library will launch a new copyright website which includes the information covered in this Copyright Library Guide.

The Copyright Guide will be available until April 30th 2018, and then it will redirect to the new copyright website. On each of the Copyright Guide pages, we have added a notice with a link to the new copyright webpage that includes the information on that specific Copyright Guide page.

There is also a webpage for library staff, which lists the links to all pages on the new site that are relevant for library staff.

Please try out the new site now!


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:

  • update the rights and protections of copyright owners to better address the challenges and opportunities of the Internet, so as to be in line with international standards
  • clarify Internet service providers' liability and make the enabling of online copyright infringement itself an infringement of copyright
  • permit businesses, educators and libraries to make greater use of copyright materials in digital form
  • allow educators and students to make greater use of educational materials
  • permit certain uses of copyright materials by consumers
  • give photographers the same rights as other creators
  • ensure that it remains technologically neutral and
  • mandate its review by Parliament every five years.

Points above from Summary of the Copyright Modernization Act, 2012-06-29. All remaining sections of the Bill became effective on January 2, 2015.

Contact Us

If you would have questions or concerns about copyright, please contact the liaison librarian assigned to your college/division/school, or the University's Copyright Coordinator

To arrange for a customized copyright presentation please contact the Copyright Coordinator


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.

Copyright at the University of Saskatchewan

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.

Copyright FAQs

Do you have a copyright question?  Check-out our FAQ!