Copyright & Patents

As technology has made distributing information easier than ever, more people are concerned about copyright law. How does copyright impact you?

The resources on this page were hand-picked by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta's team of librarians as a good place to start.


Suggested Resources

Canada/Federal

McGraw Hill Ryerson provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding copyright for personal use, schools and businesses.
Related legal topic(s): Copyright and patents

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), a Special Operating Agency (SOA) associated with Industry Canada, is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada. Topics covered include: Patents, Trade-marks, Copyright, Industrial designs, and Integrated circuit topographies.

Related legal topic(s): Copyright and patents, Federal government departments

This booklet gives teachers user-friendly information on copyright law, combining items from the Canadian Copyright Act and its regulations, contractual and tariff arrangements with copyright collectives, and court decisions. Much of the information would also be of interest to general audiences. [2005, pdf - 25 pages]

Related legal topic(s): Classroom materials, Copyright and patents

Now that the highly anticipated new copyright legislation has been introduced, more and more librarians are hearing from concerned library users that copyright laws must reflect the public interest. As the voice of the community of library users and professionals, CLA is committed to getting the crucial message to government that copyright issues do indeed strike a chord with Canadians.

Related legal topic(s): Advocacy, Copyright and patents

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has provided these Frequently Asked Questions about Copyright for your use.
Related legal topic(s): Copyright and patents

This guide is a publication of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. It explores what copyright is, the process for registering copyrights in Canada and the benefits of registration.
Related legal topic(s): Communications and media, Copyright and patents

This guide provides a general road map of some of the legal issues specific to podcasting with an emphasis on identifying how those issues may apply in the Canadian legal environment. This guide covers only Canadian-based legal questions. (PDF - 31 pages, 2007)

Related legal topic(s): Communications and media, Copyright and patents, Internet law and policy

This page points to resources about copyright and patents across the WIPO website, which may be of particular interest to students ranging from upper elementary to university. Resources for younger students include a set of comic books.

 

Related legal topic(s): Classroom materials, Copyright and patents