Duration of copyright

Copyright basics

Copyright exists as soon as a work becomes fixed. In Canada, copyright generally lasts until 50 years after the death of the author/creator. This period is referred to as the copyright term. Once the copyright term has expired, the exclusive and moral rights cease to exist. Note that the term for sound recordings may be extended under certain circumstances.

At the end of the copyright term, works enter the public domain and can be used and adapted freely for cultural, educational, commercial, personal, and social purposes.

Should you have any questions please contact the Copyright Office.

The Copyright Office makes every effort to provide accurate information but does not offer it as counsel or legal advice.