Copyright laws – 4152


So you are creating a post on your blog, how do you know that you are able to use that picture that you found on the internet? Or you have hired a photographer, do you or the photographer own the pictures? How about doing that Mash up for your party? These are all types of questions that you should be asking when you want to use work that someone else has created. This is what I am learning about in the first course of my 4152. I have more questions than answers right now.  The one thing that I learned for sure, is if you have taken the picture yourself than you do not have to worry about using it. So this is what I am going to do from now on! The picture that I posted for this blog is one of a river in the Kootenays and the water is such a gorgeous shade of blue and crystal clear.

I am also including some links about Canadian copyrights:

Mash ups:

Mash ups are when you take part or all of the work someone else has done then change or mix it with another person’s work and create something new. An example would be when you take all or part of a song mix it with another song to create a new version of both songs and then want to share your work. Under copyright laws of Canada, you can do this as long as it is not for commercial purposes, you are if possible including the source and there are no adverse effects from the mash up. So, you can take a song add your own or someone dance moves or take two songs and create a new song share it on social media, as long as you are not gaining a profit from it and you have not created something that would have a negative effect on the original version.

For more information check out the website: Copyright



If you have hired a photographer to take pictures at your wedding or family reunion, who owns the copyrights to those photographs? Before November 2012, in Canada the copyrights to the photographs belonged to the customer, now the copyright is owned by the photographer. So, if you are hiring a photographer to take your picture you should be clear in the contract about how and where the photographs will be used.

Check out the website for Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators


You Tube Copyrights:

With the increased popularity of creating and posting videos on the You Tube channel; copyright infringement has also increased. You Tube has created a program that scans all videos and alerts the creator if there are any copyrights being violated. This system has been named Content ID, the creator of the video is then provided with options to repair their video.

To learn more about Content ID and other You Tube policies watch the short video staring Glove & Boots or read the website Law Technology Today.


  Copyright in Sound Recordings:

In 1960, the copyright law in Canada protected an artist for 50 years from the date that a song was released. Then the song became public property or became part of the “public domain” this allowed anyone to use the song and not be concerned about the copyright laws. In 2015, Canadian law changed and allowed the copyrights for sound recordings to be in place for 70 years after the release of a song.

Lesley Ellen Harris has a website that explains the Copyrights in Sound Recordings and also has written a book titled Canadian Copyright Law where she explains copyright law in plain English.





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