Copyright Act Summary

The Government of Canada has changed the Copyright Act several times since the Copyright Act was enacted in 1985.

2 – Interpretation: Definitions of terms in the Copyright Act  Summary Cases
3 – PART ICopyright and Moral Rights in Works

 15 – PART IICopyright in Performers’ Performances, Sound Recordings and

Communication Signals and Moral Rights in Performers’ Performances

27 – PART IIIInfringement of Copyright and Moral Rights and Exceptions to Infringement

 34 – PART IVRemedies

 46 – PART VAdministration

 60 – PART VIMiscellaneous Provisions

 66 – PART VIICopyright Board and Collective Administration of Copyright

 79 – PART VIIIPrivate Copying

 89 – PART IXGeneral Provisions
  • SCHEDULE II: [Repealed, 1993, c. 44, s. 74]
  • SCHEDULE III: [Repealed, 1997, c. 24, s. 51]

Copyright Act

R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42

An Act respecting copyright

Short Title

 This Act may be cited as the Copyright Act.
  • R.S., c. C-30, s. 1.

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