Copyright and scholarly communications issues are increasingly important to the University of Toronto’s mission, with implications for the research, teaching and learning activities of every member of the university community. The Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office is here to support you as you strive for continuing excellence in these areas.
COPYRIGHT TERM EXTENSION IN CANADA EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 30, 2022
Please note that effective December 30, 2022, the general term of copyright protection in literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works has been extended from 50 years to 70 years after the end of the year of the author’s death.
As a result of this extension, for the next twenty years, no new works will enter the public domain. This means that works by authors who died in 1972 will now enter the public domain on January 1, 2043, rather than January 1, 2023 as previously expected. This term extension will not apply to works already in the public domain.
The Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office will be updating copyright resources to reflect this term extension. If you have any questions about this extension please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To help you determine whether something is in the public domain, refer to:
- Canadian Copyright Term and Public Domain Flowchart Prepared by: Copyright Office, The University of Alberta
FAQs About Term Extension for Authored Works Prepared by: CARL
Updated: March 17, 2023