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Canadian Copyright Law

anadian Copyright Law is your online reference for up-to-date information on issues relating to Canadian copyright law. It is based on the bestselling book by Lesley Ellen Harris, Canadian Copyright Law, now in its third edition.


Copyright infringement has always been an invisible crime. In the past, artists and producers have lost millions every year when their works were used without permission. At times, it was hard for even the most knowledgeable to keep current and know when they had crossed that unseen line.

Now, the explosion of the Internet and other digital media is making copyright one of the most discussed issues of the new millennium. Many regard the Internet as a public forum and assume material is free for the taking. The line between what is protected and what is "free" is blurring further and the copyright issues are more complex than ever. Lesley Ellen Harris, lawyer and copyright expert, addresses these issues and more. She takes the convoluted legal jargon of the Canadian Copyright Act and sets it out in everyday language. She provides concrete examples to offer further clarification of complicated matters.

In this third edition of Canadian Copyright Law, Harris brings you the latest updates according to new Canadian legislation and international agreements. And she provides a complete update on copyright issues relating to digital media. Canadian Copyright Law answers both basic and intricate questions, including:

  • What is copyright?
  • Is content on a Web site protected by copyright?
  • How do I clear permission in order to use copyright protected material?
  • How do I register my work?
  • May I freely copy protected works for educational purposes?
  • What are electronic and digital rights?
  • How do I stop someone who is using my work without my permission?

Whether you are a creator or user of copyright material, Canadian Copyright Law will keep you current on copyright law in Canada and its applications to your situation - to protect your creations, content and products in these rapidly changing markets.

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