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Access, Privacy and Copyright

General Resources

A Manual for Small Archives, Chapter 13: Reference Services and Public Relations Activities

Framework for Analyzing a Copyright Question 

University of Alberta Canadian Copyright Term and Public Domain Flowchart (with note about December 30, 2022 copyright term extension)

Accessibility and Archives

Canadian Council of Archives - Copyright Bulletins

Diane M. Zorich. "Developing Intellectual Property Policies: A How To Guide for Museums" (2004)

Blog - Michael Geist (on current copyright issues)

Canadian Intellectual Property Office - general information about Canadian copyright

JISC: In from the Cold: An assessment of the scope of 'Orphan Works' and its impact on the delivery of services to the public  (2009) *UK/EU Law

SAA Orphan Works: Statement of Best Practices (2009) *US Law

Access, Privacy & Copyright Articles

Note: Many of the following resources provide good information on copyright (e.g., publications by Dryden, Murray/Trosow, and Harris), but do not reflect the term extension that came into effect December 30, 2022.

  • Jean Dryden. “Copyright in Fire Insurance Plans,” Archivaria 91 (2021), 150-173.


  • Jean Dryden. Demystifying Copyright: A Researcher's Guide to Copyright in Canadian Libraries and Archives, 2nd ed. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association, 2014.
  • Laura Murray and Samuel Trosow. Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide, 2nd ed. Toronto, 2013.
  • Lesley Ellen Harris. Canadian Copyright Law, 4th ed. Toronto, 2014.
  • Laura B. Cohen. Reference Services for Archives and Manuscripts. USA: Routledge, 1997.
  • Heather MacNeil. Without Consent: The Ethics of Disclosing Personal Information in Public Archives. Society of American Archivists and Scarecrow Press Inc., 1992.

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