Frequently Asked Questions About Term Extension for Authored Works

Last revised: February 27, 2023
For distribution: March 2023

Amendments to the Copyright Act came into force on December 30, 2022. As a result, the *general* term of copyright protection in Canada has changed from 50 to 70 years after the year in which the author died. This change is not retroactive; it will not affect works that are already in the public domain. The following FAQ was created to help library employees navigate these changes and is based on questions received from those working in academic libraries in Canada. This information is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice.

See also: Canadian Copyright Term and Public Domain Flowchart (prepared by the University of Alberta Copyright Office)

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