If you’re in business, copyright applies to you


As a Quebec business, you have to respect the Copyright Act when you copy and share excerpts from documents as part of your operations. A reproduction rights licence is a convenient solution.

When you use content

Whether you’re an employee, manager or director of a Quebec business of any size, there are various ways you use copyright-protected content.

Put reference articles on the company intranet

Compile press reviews for the board of directors

Print an online newspaper article and hand it out to colleagues

Email customers an article about a company product

Hand out a booklet of excerpts from various sources when meeting with customers

Add photos from books and magazines to a PowerPoint presentation

Give customers a PDF of an out-of-print book on leadership

Print and archive a few pages of a book about human resources

Did you know you need permission for all these types of use on paper or in digital format – and other uses as well – because they’re for professional purposes?

Our solutions are geared to your needs!

Limited needs

Get permission to use the articles or book excerpts you want, exactly when you need them. The cost is calculated according to the type of use and is billed immediately.

Ongoing needs

Copibec offers a reproduction rights licence to large companies, small and medium sized businesses and self-employed individuals doing business in Quebec. The licence covers most of the ways content is used by your business.

A licence makes it easier for you to manage copyright and lets you avoid the administrative costs and delays involved in getting permission for every article or excerpt you want to use during the year.

Many businesses in a variety of industries already have a reproduction rights licence from Copibec so their employees can use content legally. Refer to the licensee list to see whether you’re already covered. What if your business or company isn’t listed?

With a reproduction rights licence, you’re good to go

Our repertoire

The Copibec repertoire (or catalogue) includes content (books, newspapers, legislative texts and other publications) and categories of works published in Quebec, the rest of Canada and in about 30 other countries (United States, United Kingdom, France, etc.) as long as they’re not specifically mentioned in the Exclusions List.

Authorized for internal use

Copying must be done by and for the employees or directors of the business.

Distributing copies to external customers is not covered by the licence. However, Copibec also offers a reproduction rights licence that allows you to make copies to inform external customers or partners.

Reproduction limits

  • Up to 10% of a document

But also:

  • Entire article
  • Entire report of a legal case
  • Entire lyrics to a song
  • Chapter that is not more than 20% of the pages in a book

If you want to exceed the reproduction limits, you need to get permission.

Do you have any questions? Contact us!

What’s allowed?

Do you want to reproduce or share content? Is that type of use allowed under the Copibec licence? Here are some answers!