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Definitions of Canadian Copyright Terms

ACCESS COPYRIGHT A non-profit organization which gives users the ability to copy from millions of copyright protected materials while making sure the creators + publishers receive fair compensation.
COPYRIGHT Copyright is a property right that people have regarding the use of their private property.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Objects that don't have a physical form, but which we can own. (song lyrics, computer code, etc.)
ROYALTY Money paid to copyright owners for the use of their works.
TRADE-MARKS Used to differentiate the goods or services of one person or company from those of another. i.e. slogans, product names, distinctive packaging, or unusual product shapes
PUBLIC DOMAIN Materials that anyone may use without restriction.
MORAL RIGHTS Rights that authors and performers hold regarding the integrity or their work or sound recording. After their property has been sold or the copyright transfered, they retain the right to be cited as its creator.
PERFORMING RIGHTS The right for performers to receive payment when their performances and sound recordings are broadcast or performed in public.
PLAGIARISM Using the ideas and words of someone else without clearly acknowledging where the information came from.
FAIR DEALING Allows companies and individuals to use material that is copyrighted in certain ways that could benefit society, culture, and economics, without harming the interests of the copyright owners.
PATENT Patents protect “inventions,” like processes, equipment, and manufacturing techniques, but don’t address the artistic or aesthetic qualities of an object.
BLANKET LICENSE Allows the owner to perform some or all of the works in the repertory for the same set fee.
COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT Copying or using a work or other subject matter in a way that violates its copyright.
DISTRIBUTION RIGHT The sole right, which the copyright owner has, to approve the first transfer of ownership of each copy of a protected work.
MAKING AVAILABLE RIGHT The sole right, which the copyright owner has, to approve the method in which their work is distributed in instances where the public can choose when and where to receive that work. (ie - iTunes)
RIGHTS HOLDERS People, organizations, or companies that own a copyright. ie - authours, photographers, performers, etc.
TECHNOLOGICAL NEUTRALITY A principle in which the law should encompass the rapidly changing technologies and media connected to copyright works.
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