What are the laws and rules relating to copyright at UNBC?

The use of copyright materials at UNBC is covered by both the Canadian Copyright Act; and various licenses entered into by the University with copyright owners and representatives organizations.

What is copyright?

In the simplest terms, "copyright" means "the right to copy." Copyright is the exclusive right to produce, reproduce, perform or publish a work.

What is meant by "public domain"?

Works in the public domain are those items for which the copyright term has expired. Public domain items may also include those items that the creator has chosen not to assign copyright to, although these are generally referred to as Open Access works. Public domain works can be used without permission or the payment of royalties.

For more information, please consult the Guides and Advisory page.