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All questions of copyright are the responsibility of the researcher. We can, under the fair dealing provisions of the copyright law, provide one copy of a document for research purposes or private study unless the donor or copyright holder has expressly forbidden such copying. Researchers should be aware that while Trent University owns copyright to many collections in its care, in some cases, copyright resides with the donor or his/her estate. Permission to publish any materials in our holdings or make any use of them beyond private study (for example on a Web site) must be requested in writing and may require the authorization of the copyright owner. The proper citation for Trent University Archives must be given. Materials copied by us must not be recopied or deposited in any other archives. Researchers must complete our "Request for Reproduction of Works..." form and send it to us before any copying can be done. For researchers working on site in the Archives, the form is provided in the Reading Room. We keep a record of every request for photocopying.

In general terms:

  • All works, whether published or not, are protected under copyright law for the life of the author/creator plus 50 years from the end of the calendar year that the author/creator died
  • Photographers and artists have the same authorship rights as other creators
  • "Copying" means the reproduction of something in any format, including photographing something with a camera
  • The Archives, like the Library and the University, follows Fair Dealing guidelines
  • The Canadian Copyright Act is available online and includes a Frequently Asked Questions section. Trent University has posted University copyright guidelines as well (July 2013).