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"Copyright in Canada generally exists for the life of the author plus 50 years following death. After that, the work becomes part of the public domain and anyone can use it. However, there are exceptions." (Canadian Intellectual Propery Office, 2015)
Please note that in most other countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, copyright generally exists for the life of the author plus 70 years.
For further information on copyright in Canada, please see the Canadian Copyright Act.
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