Copyright Office Updates

October 5, 2018

Copyright changes are coming under the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Most significantly for the University Community, the term of copyright will change from 50 years after the death of the author to 70 years--meaning that it will be an additional twenty years before new works enter the public domain.

The USMCA has not yet been passed into law in Canada, but we can expect the copyright term extension to become effective in the coming years. The Copyright Office will update the University community as this extension comes into force.    


July 12, 2017

This morning, the Federal Court of Canada issued its decision in the litigation between Access Copyright and York University. The decision is over 120 pages long. The University of Manitoba is currently reviewing this decision to determine what impact it might have on the University community, especially regarding how it uses copyrighted materials and applies the Fair Dealing exception.