Under Canada’s Copyright Act, authors are the first owners of copyright in their works unless the author created the material as an employee. Authors can exercise their rights themselves or they can appoint a representative such as an agent or licensing agency to exercise the rights on their behalf.
Making large-print copies of books is allowed under the Copibec licence for preschool and elementary/high school institutions. At the college and university levels, institutions should contact us to request permission because no exceptions in the Copyright Act allow that type of copying.
Copibec also offers a service that lets you quickly obtain works from a number of publishers in an appropriate format (e.g. for use with software such as WordQ). The Act allows certain copying activities such as digitizing a book or textbook but only if the work is not sold in an appropriate format. If an appropriate format is available, the work must be purchased.
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