by Lachlan MacLeod
April 23 is World Book and Copyright Day! This is a day to celebrate books for their role in creating inclusive and knowledge-rich societies, and to reflect on the publishing world from multiple angles: “books as vectors of values and knowledge, and depositories of the intangible heritage; books as windows onto the diversity of cultures and as tools for dialogue; books as sources of material wealth and copyright-protected works of creative artists” (World Book and Copyright Day website).
It’s important for all students, staff, and faculty to have some familiarity with copyright, and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries Copyright Course is a great place to start. Copyright encompasses restrictions on how creative works can be used, but also important exceptions that benefit education, research, and study. Copyright applies not only to the use of other works, but your own creations. Whether you’re creating a video, or writing a thesis, copyright will be a defining component of the final product.
The following materials on the topic of copyright are available through the Dalhousie Libraries: