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What kinds of works are covered by copyright?

  • Copyright protection exists automatically for every work that is created, whether or not it is explicitly stated on the work or marked with the copyright symbol.
  • In Canada, copyright protection generally remains in effect until fifty years after the death of the author or creator. Once copyright has expired, the material is considered to be in the public domain.
  • Copyright applies to all of the following genres: books and periodicals (both print and electronic), charts, computer software, diagrams, films, graphs, letters, maps, models, music, photographs, recordings, TV shows, videotapes, web sites, and works of art.
  • Learn more about copyright.