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324 Copyright infringement and fair dealing Copyright infringement occurs when someone copies work, or performs or displays a work in public, without the permission of the owner. One common example of copyright infringement is plagiarism, which involves copying someone else's work and claiming that it is your own. The Canadian Copyright Office will not prevent other people from infringing your copyright. It is up to the owner of the copyright to ensure that no one else copies, publishes, or performs their work.
- Fair dealingIt may not be infringement of copyright to quote or copy small parts of a work if it is for private study, review, research, or criticism, or if it is a newspaper summary. Using someone else's work this way may be called Fair Dealing.
Other exceptions to copyright infringement exist as well. For example, under certain conditions the performance of a copyrighted work by a church, school or charitable body is not an infringement.
- What to do if someone infringes your copyrightIf someone infringes your copyright, you may want to take legal action. If the infringement is proven, the court can order them to stop using your copyright and to pay you compensation. If the infringement is very serious, criminal charges may be laid according to the Copyright Act.
If someone has copied your work without your permission, and you need legal advice or assistance, you should contact a lawyer.