Canadian Copyright Law does not require a work to be registered or marked as copyrighted for copyright protection to apply to that work. In fact the reverse is true. Any work (document, image, video, music, webpage, etc.) you encounter should be considered to be copyrighted unless there are reasonable indications that the work is not so protected.
Copyright expires in a work 50 years after the death of its creator. Such works are then known as Public Domain works which means they may be copied without limit and for any purpose.
Open Licence Works (ex. Creative Commons, Open Access, Open Educational Resources) are available on the internet and may be copied without permission or payment, but may have other limits as to how those works may be used.
Students and Instructors may make copies of published or online works where one or more of the following conditions apply:
- Permission to copy the work is expressed in the work itself, is expressed where the work was found or is explicitly granted by the work's owner
- Permission to copy has been acquired by a license or other agreement
- The work is Open Access or in the Public Domain
- The work is copied within the limits of GPRC's Copyright Policy