Frequently Asked Questions

Copyright

Use of copyright materials at Queen's University is covered by the Canadian Copyright Act and various agreements and licences entered into by the University with copyright owners and representative organizations. The Copyright Act is the...

Copyright protection arises automatically when any type of work is created and generally continues for 50 years after the author’s death, though this can depend on the type of work and where you want to use it . When you want to use a particular...

Copyright gives the copyright owner a number of legal rights, such as the right to copy and translate a work. In a university setting, the most pertinent rights are the right to reproduce the copyright-protected work and the right to communicate...

Fair dealing is an exemption in the Copyright Act which allows you to use other people’s copyright material for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody, satire, criticism, review or news reporting, provided that what you do with...

How long copyright lasts depends on which country you are in. In general terms, with the exception of performers’ performances, sound recordings and broadcast signals, the term of copyright lasts for the life of the author and a period of 50...

“Public domain” refers to works in which copyright has expired or where the copyright owner has made a clear declaration that they will not assert copyright in the work.

For example, although the copyright in Shakespeare’s plays expired...

Copyright is recognized internationally thanks to international conventions. So, generally, your copyright will be protected in other countries. In other countries, your copyright will be protected under that country’s laws so there may be some...

The copyright laws in the U.S. and Canada are different. For example, the U.S. has a provision known as ‘fair use’ which is different from the Canadian equivalent (‘fair dealing’). If you are from the U.S. or are collaborating with a U.S....

You ask! The Copyright Advisory Office does provide a service for getting permission to use copyrighted materials in your class. See our Clearance and Permissions services website for more information.  If you want to request permission for other...

Moral rights are additional rights held by authors of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. They consist of rights that protect the integrity of a work and the reputation of its author. The right of attribution is the right to always be...