Copyright Term Extended

On June 24, 2022, amendments to the Copyright Act came into force which extend the basic term of copyright protection in Canada to the life of the author plus 70 years following the year of the author's death.

Critically, the amendments stipulate that they "do not have the effect of reviving the copyright in any work in which the copyright had expired" before the amendments came into force.

The extension of copyright protection was a term of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement or USMCA negotiated in 2018. Prior to June 24, 2022, the basic term for copyright protection in Canada was the life of the author plus 50 years following the year of the author’s death. 

This amendment brings Canada into harmony with the term of copyright protection in the US and Europe.