Copyright - the sole right to reproduce, or allow others to reproduce, in any form a work or parts of a work, to perform in public, or to publish an unpublished work. In Canada, protection typically begins immediately upon creation of a work and exists until 50 years after the creator's death. Registration of copyright is not necessary.

Courseware - any works, print or digital, produced by instructors using original or other sources for use by students in Langara programs.

Directives - specific instructions with respect to responsibilities, actions, and limitations related to this policy authorized by the Copyright Officer.

Educational Exception - provisions within the Copyright Act allowing for use of copyrighted works in an educational setting.

Fair Dealing - provision in the Copyright Act that permits use of a copyrighted work by individuals, and libraries acting on behalf of individuals, for the allowable purposes of research, private study, education, criticism, review, parody, satire, or news reporting, without permission or payment of copyright royalties.

Intellectual Property - result of intellectual or artistic activity that can be protected by rights such as patent, copyright and trademark.

Moral Rights - respect for the integrity and purpose of a work which may not be assigned to a third party but may be waived.

Performance - any acoustic or visual representation of a work, performer’s performance, sound recording or communication signal.

Public Domain - works that belong to the public, such as works for which copyright protection has lapsed or works that have been given to the public by the owner.

Publication - making a work available to the public by way of print, electronic or other means.

Technical Authority - position or department of the College identified by Directive as having expertise in a particular area.


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