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Educators resources – Copyright issues on the Internet

Copyright and the Internet is a complex issue that is in the forefront of discussion. As developers and publishers of intellectual property, it pays to have a good understanding of copyright issues. To that end, here are several reference sources to help clarify the topic.
(N.B. To avoid losing your thread, the links will open in a separate browser window)

Department of Justice Canada
Search index of Canadian copyright statutes and regulations

United States Copyright Office
The Copyright Office provides expert assistance to Congress on intellectual property matters; advises Congress on anticipated changes in U.S. copyright law; analyzes and assists in drafting copyright legislation and legislative reports and provides and undertakes studies for Congress; and offers advice to Congress on compliance with multilateral agreements, such as the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of Intellectual Property in Canada.

World Trade Organization
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments.

Access Copyright
Access Copyright , the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency, is a not-for-profit agency established in 1988 by Canadian writers and publishers to license public access to copyright works.

This site contains FAQ of the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) Agreement. It is provided by the World Trade Organization. If you have a query about TRIPS in the WTO, you can check to see if the answer is in one of their questions by scrolling down or clicking on a question to find the answer.

University of Wisconsin
Click on Search and type the word copyright in the search box at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Copyright Reform in Canada: Domestic Cultural Policy Objectives and the Challenge of Technological Convergence
by Gordon A. Chow, University of Calgary, 1995.
This is a very informative site about copyright in Canada. It traces the roots of copyright from the past to its present state.

Simon Fraser University
Do a search at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Canada, for current copyright reform in Canada. Results are very informative.

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Additional resources

What is Copyright?

What is the Berne Convention?

World Intellectual Property Organization Stance

Zone Labs - Internet security

Copyright Law in Canada:
Legal Information Services

10 Big Myths About Copyright

Access Copyright

International Classifications

Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

Collection of Laws for Electronic Access(CLEA)

Bill C-32: An Amendment to the Canadian Copyright Act

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

The Berne Convention

R.I.G.H.T.S. for Artists

Intellectual Property Data Collection

Search Intellectual Property Digital Library

Copyright Matters

Web Law FAQ

PCT-SAFE (Software for electronic filing)

Canadian Statutes & Regulations - C42

Electronic Commerce

Linking Rights

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