The purpose of collecting records is to ensure they are available for the widest possible use and access. To that end, we request that any existing copyright or intellectual property rights, where held, be transferred to the Archives. Of course, this is not always possible, as donors/collectors may not be the holders of copyright. Even if copyright is not transferred to the Archives, copies will still be made for researchers in accordance with the fair dealing exemptions as outlined in the Canadian Copyright Act.
Where copyright is not transferred to the Archives, we request explicit permission to reformat to microfilm and/or digital media, and use the reformatted copies as widely as is allowed under the Act.