Copyright Office Updates

March 19, 2020

Dear UM community members,

The Copyright Office remains open and available to provide support to members of our community. As of March 19, 2020, we will be providing our services remotely by telephone or online, and you are encouraged to contact us by phone or e-mail to set-up an appointment. Please also view our Copyright Presentations and Shifting Courses Online links for information about copyright webinars being offered and considerations for online course delivery.

We hope to be able to return to standard operations in the coming weeks. We remain dedicated to continuing to provide support and copyright services.

Please note that we will not be taking drop-in appointments at this time.

Our hours remain the same, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. To access support, please send an email to or call 204-474-7277 or 204-474-9607. 


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.