In Canada, copyright is automatic. As soon as a work is fixed in print or digital form, it is protected by copyright.
Examples of 'fixed' works:
Copyright protects all original:
Registering your work with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office is optional, but can serve as proof of ownership if needed.
Facts and ideas are not protected under copyright law. Copyright protects the expression of an idea, not the idea itself.
|Not Protected vs.||Protected|
|The idea for a plot||The expression of a plot idea, e.g., in a novel, manuscript, or movie|
|Facts||A newspaper article containing facts|
The information in this resource should not be considered legal advice. The purpose of this guide is to provide Douglas College faculty and students with general information about copyright.