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Law Library Summer Closure - effective April 27, 2015

Walk-in access to the Copyright Office will be suspended for the duration of the J.A. Weir Memorial Law Library summer closure. If you would like to schedule a meeting with Copyright Office staff during this time please email or call 780-492-8327.

Appointment of Director, Copyright Office
- effective April 13, 2015

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Adrian Sheppard as Learning Services' new Director, Copyright Office.

Adrian joins the University of Alberta from his position as Director, Operations for the Graphics, Animation and New Media ("GRAND") Network of Centres of Excellence. His earlier experience as a research contracts officer with the Office of Research Services at Simon Fraser University has also prepared him well for the broad range of copyright issues arising from contemporary research, teaching, and learning practice. Adrian holds degrees from the Universities of Calgary and Victoria, including a Bachelor of Laws

Notice and Notice Regime - effective January 2, 2015

With the passage of the Copyright Modernization Act in 2012, a Notice and Notice regime was introduced into Canadian law. This regime entered into force on January 2, 2015, and as an internet intermediary, the University of Alberta is subject to compliance with this new provision >>more
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What is included under the various categories of copyright-protected works?

The categories of copyright-protected works include: "literary", "artistic", "dramatic" or "musical". Since the meaning of these categories may not always coincide with the term's ordinary meaning, the following definitions from the Copyright Act will provide clarity.

A literary work includes tables, computer programs, and compilations of literary works. An artistic work includes paintings, drawings, maps, charts, plans, photographs, engravings, sculptures, works of artistic craftsmanship, architectural works, and compilations of artistic works. A dramatic work includes any piece for recitation, choreographic work or mime, the scenic arrangement or acting form which is fixed in writing or otherwise, any cinematographic work, and any compilation of dramatic works. Finally, a musical work means any work of music or musical composition, with or without words, and includes any compilation thereof.

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