Canadian Copyright Term and Public Domain Flowchart - Types of Content


Please Note: Extension to Canadian Copyright Term (effective 30 Dec 2022)



Flowchart Branches for Types of Content

Download the full Flowchart (06Nov2023) as a PDF [the PDF version (06Nov2023) is also available en français, thanks to Université d'Ottawa et Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec]

Notes for using the Flowchart:
  • Where the term of copyright expires during a given year, a work enters the public domain on January 1st of the following year.
  • "Crown author": Under s. 12 of the Copyright Act, "where any work is, or has been, prepared or published by or under the direction or control of Her Majesty or any government department", that work is generally considered to be subject to Crown copyright and to have a Crown author.
  • "Fixation": Although this term is not defined in the Copyright Act, it is generally understood to involve the recording of a work on some medium, such as printed transcription, an audio recording, a film or video recording, etc.


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Adapted from Kaplan-Myrth's version "Canadian Copyright Term Flowchart"