Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42)

Act current to 2014-12-18 and last amended on 2014-12-09. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Exceptions
  •  (1) Notwithstanding anything in this Act, it is lawful for a person

    • (a) to import for their own use not more than two copies of a work or other subject-matter made with the consent of the owner of the copyright in the country where it was made;

    • (b) to import for use by a department of the Government of Canada or a province copies of a work or other subject-matter made with the consent of the owner of the copyright in the country where it was made;

    • (c) at any time before copies of a work or other subject-matter are made in Canada, to import any copies, except copies of a book, made with the consent of the owner of the copyright in the country where the copies were made, that are required for the use of a library, archive, museum or educational institution;

    • (d) to import, for the use of a library, archive, museum or educational institution, not more than one copy of a book that is made with the consent of the owner of the copyright in the country where the book was made; and

    • (e) to import copies, made with the consent of the owner of the copyright in the country where they were made, of any used books, except textbooks of a scientific, technical or scholarly nature for use within an educational institution in a course of instruction.

  • Marginal note:Satisfactory evidence

    (2) An officer of customs may, in the officer’s discretion, require a person seeking to import a copy of a work or other subject-matter under this section to produce satisfactory evidence of the facts necessary to establish the person’s right to import the copy.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-42, s. 45;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 41 (3rd Supp.), s. 117;
  • 1993, c. 44, s. 67;
  • 1994, c. 47, s. 67;
  • 1997, c. 24, s. 28.

PART VADMINISTRATION

Copyright Office

Marginal note:Copyright Office

 The Copyright Office shall be attached to the Patent Office.

  • R.S., c. C-30, s. 29.
Marginal note:Powers of Commissioner and Registrar

 The Commissioner of Patents shall exercise the powers conferred and perform the duties imposed on him by this Act under the direction of the Minister, and, in the absence of the Commissioner of Patents or if the Commissioner is unable to act, the Registrar of Copyrights or other officer temporarily appointed by the Minister may, as Acting Commissioner, exercise those powers and perform those duties under the direction of the Minister.

  • R.S., c. C-30, s. 30.
Marginal note:Registrar

 There shall be a Registrar of Copyrights.

  • R.S., c. C-30, s. 31.
Marginal note:Register of Copyrights, certificates and certified copies

 The Commissioner of Patents, the Registrar of Copyrights or an officer, clerk or employee of the Copyright Office may sign certificates and certified copies of the Register of Copyrights.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-42, s. 49;
  • 1992, c. 1, s. 47;
  • 1993, c. 15, s. 4.