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Copyright and Fair Dealing

What is Copyright?

Copyright literally means the right to copy.  The Copyright Act grants a series of rights to the creators of works giving them the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, distribute or sell their works. Only the copyright owner has the right to decide when and how the work is copied. In addition

Who Owns The Copyright in a Work?

Copyrights are usually held by:

  • The author/creator ONLY


  • The author/creator’s employer, if the work was created as part of a person’s job.


  • The author/creator AND a publisher (as agreed by the author)


  • The publisher ONLY (as agreed by the author)

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