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By: Belinda.C & Leah.C

What is copyright?

Copyright is the right legally, that has been given to a person/creator of

something to ensure that no one is able to steal the idea/writing or anything
of those sorts and, allow them to press legal charges if the material is
illegally taken.

Copyright is also a law that is to protect the uses of others ideas and, will
expand the year of the creator/creators plus a year.


In 1436 in Europe, it had been estimated that there was a huge amount of
books being put out/printed. In that there had become a sudden need to
come up with something to protect them.

The ever first copyright law had been called the statue of Ann. It had come to
act in 1710, in England. The congress had passed an almost identical act to it
in, 1790, that had been the first ever American copyright law.

As books had very easily become more popular to come across, they were also
becoming cheaper. They had been doing that in Europe and North America.
They had suddenly noticed that they had needed to increase the overall
protection of the authors.

This day and ages copyright laws represent the most extensive and, intense
version of copyright laws.

Why copyright is important?

Copyright is important because it allows the creators/producers/artists, etc

of a piece they have solely created themselves, to have some control over
what they do with it and, what happens to it. That is fair and, necessary for
they need to make a living off of it/ their talents and, effort.

Copyright Laws in Canada:

Canadian copyright laws have been governed by the Copyright Act. That
officially protects original productions and, other originally created things.

There is one very important law that had been granted to only, the owner of
the Canadian copyright and, it is the right to reproduce the work in any form

Copyright comes to existence automatically, at the time the thing had been
created/produced/written etc and, will always continue until the end of the
year in which the author of the work passes.

Moral rights will stay with an author even if it has been sold or assigned. It
ensures the authors rights to make sure the work is not distorted, mutilated
or modified in anyway.

Fair Use:

Fair use id the copying of any copyrighted things done for only a certain
purpose. It is use to comment upon, criticize or make a parody of something
such as a song or video.

There are no hard and fast rules. There happens to only be guide lines, along
with many court decisions.

Almost most of the fair use happen to only fall under two categories.

1. commentary and criticism

2. parody

Myths About Copyright:

1: if it doesnt have a copyright notice, its not copyrighted

2: If you dont charge for it, its not a violation

3: If its posted to Usenet its in the public domain.

4: my posting was just fair use!

5: if you dont defend your copyright you lose it. somebody has that
name copyrighted!

These are just some simple examples of some very common myths people
have and will say about copyright when they accidently do it or partake in it.

Music and Web:


- you do not need a license to play music for yourself or a few friends or
family members

- you do need a license however to play or preform a piece of music in

public for many others to enjoy

-preforming music in a classroom environment however is not considered

preforming which means you do not need a license to use music and lyrics for
class purposes

How to obtain permission to use

copyright material:

To obtain permission to use any copyrighted material you need to

1. figure out if you actually need permission or not for the subject in which
you are wanting to use

2. look for and figure out who owns the content

3. figure out what rights are needed to be obtained by yourself

4. contact the person who owns the material and ask wither payment is
needed to be made/ required

5. get your current agreement in writing


In conclusion you need to always make sure upon using someone else's
materials you are to obtain permission or check to ensure its not copyrighted.

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