Copyright Ownership

If you are planning to publish an original personally authored literary, dramatic, musical, or artistic work, you may wish to review your rights as a creator. Copyright protection commences as soon as your work is created, and generally lasts for your lifetime plus fifty years. Although not required, you may choose to register your copyright in a work through the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. The Canadian Copyright Act provides that the first owner of copyright is usually the author of a work, but an exception is a work made in the course of employment for which first ownership belongs to the employer in the absence of any agreement to the contrary.

Agreements covering copyright ownership of original works created by University of Lethbridge Faculty Association (ULFA) members are set out in Article 29 and Schedule E of the Faculty Handbook, and in Article 18 and Schedule D of the Sessional Lecturers Handbook. In general, copyright in original works created by an ULFA member in the course of employment is retained by the member, although exceptions may apply if a member is specifically instructed to create a work as part of his or her assigned duties. For more information about ownership and use of copyright works created by ULFA members, please contact the Chair of the ULFA Handbooks Committee.