Copyright Act

Version of section 30.2 from 2012-11-07 to 2019-05-22:


Marginal note:Research or private study

  •  (1) It is not an infringement of copyright for a library, archive or museum or a person acting under its authority to do anything on behalf of any person that the person may do personally under section 29 or 29.1.

  • Marginal note:Copies of articles for research, etc.

    (2) It is not an infringement of copyright for a library, archive or museum or a person acting under the authority of a library, archive or museum to make, by reprographic reproduction, for any person requesting to use the copy for research or private study, a copy of a work that is, or that is contained in, an article published in

    • (a) a scholarly, scientific or technical periodical; or

    • (b) a newspaper or periodical, other than a scholarly, scientific or technical periodical, if the newspaper or periodical was published more than one year before the copy is made.

  • Marginal note:Restriction

    (3) Paragraph (2)(b) does not apply in respect of a work of fiction or poetry or a dramatic or musical work.

  • Marginal note:Conditions

    (4) A library, archive or museum may provide the person for whom the copy is made under subsection (2) with the copy only on the condition that

    • (a) the person is provided with a single copy of the work; and

    • (b) the library, archive or museum informs the person that the copy is to be used solely for research or private study and that any use of the copy for a purpose other than research or private study may require the authorization of the copyright owner of the work in question.

  • Marginal note:Patrons of other libraries, etc.

    (5) Subject to subsection (5.02), a library, archive or museum, or a person acting under the authority of one, may do, on behalf of a patron of another library, archive or museum, anything under subsection (1) or (2) that it is authorized by this section to do on behalf of one of its own patrons.

  • Marginal note:Deeming

    (5.01) For the purpose of subsection (5), the making of a copy of a work other than by reprographic reproduction is deemed to be a making of a copy of the work that may be done under subsection (2).

  • Marginal note:Limitation regarding copies in digital form

    (5.02) A library, archive or museum, or a person acting under the authority of one, may, under subsection (5), provide a copy in digital form to a person who has requested it through another library, archive or museum if the providing library, archive or museum or person takes measures to prevent the person who has requested it from

    • (a) making any reproduction of the digital copy, including any paper copies, other than printing one copy of it;

    • (b) communicating the digital copy to any other person; and

    • (c) using the digital copy for more than five business days from the day on which the person first uses it.

  • Marginal note:Destruction of intermediate copies

    (5.1) Where an intermediate copy is made in order to copy a work referred to in subsection (5), once the copy is given to the patron, the intermediate copy must be destroyed.

  • Marginal note:Regulations

    (6) The Governor in Council may, for the purposes of this section, make regulations

    • (a) defining “newspaper” and “periodical”;

    • (b) defining scholarly, scientific and technical periodicals;

    • (c) prescribing the information to be recorded about any action taken under subsection (1) or (5) and the manner and form in which the information is to be kept; and

    • (d) prescribing the manner and form in which the conditions set out in subsection (4) are to be met.

  • 1997, c. 24, s. 18
  • 2012, c. 20, s. 29
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