Links to useful information and resources about copyright on other websites from Canada and around the world.
Copyright in Canada
Copyright Around the World
Public domain, Creative Commons, and Open Access
- Creative Commons - Creative Commons licences are a tool that enables copyright owners to licence their works to the public using a "some rights reserved" model as opposed to a traditional "all rights reserved" model. All Creative Commons licences permit distribution, display and copying of works provided the copyright owners choice of terms is respected.
- D Space - A digital repository system that captures, stores, indexes, preserves, and distributes digital research material.
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - Categorized, searchable links to free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.
- LibriVox - Provides free audio books from the public domain.
- Open Content Alliance (OCA) - Represents the collaborative efforts of a group of cultural, technology, non-profit, and governmental organizations from around the world that will help build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia content.
- Project Gutenberg - A large collection of free electronic books.
- The public domain is comprised of all creative works that are not protected by copyright. Generally, works enter the public domain in one of three ways: When copyright expires, when the work is so old it was created before copyright protection existed, or when the copyright owner chooses to put a work in the public domain. Public domain works can be copied, used, or modified in any way without asking for permission.
Other Copyright Collectives
For a list of international reproduction rights organizations (RROs), please visit our Reciprocal Agreements page.