Template:PD-Canada

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This work is now in the public domain because it originates from Canada and its term of copyright has expired.

According to Canadian copyright law, all private copyrights expire fifty years after the year marking the death of the author. Government works are held under Crown copyright which expires fifty years after publication.

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Usage[edit]

This template categorises Author namespace pages into Category:Author-PD Canada and all other pages into Category:PD Canada.

Parameters[edit]

This template can take one of two optional parameters. These parameters are intended to be mutually exclusive; therefore, do not use both in the same instance of the template.

  • Unnamed paramter: The year the author died (for private works).
  • pubyear: The year the work was published (for government works).

Tracking category[edit]

If an ineligible year is entered into either of the parameters, pages will be sorted into Category:PD-Canada-possible-copyright-violations and the appearance will change slightly.

Examples[edit]

{{PD-Canada|1944}}

This work is now in the public domain because it originates from Canada and its term of copyright has expired.

The author died in 1944, so this work is in the public domain in Canada because, according to Canadian copyright law, all private copyrights expire fifty years after the year marking the death of the author. This work also in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

{{PD-Canada|pubyear=1960}}

This work is now in the public domain because it originates from Canada and its term of copyright has expired.

This government work was published in 1960, so this work is in the public domain in Canada because, according to Canadian copyright law, government works are held under Crown copyright, which expires fifty years after publication. This work also in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

{{PD-Canada|1995}}

This work is not in the public domain because it originates from Canada and its term of copyright has not yet expired.

The author died in 1995, so this work is not in the public domain in Canada because, according to Canadian copyright law, all private copyrights expire fifty years after the year marking the death of the author. This work may be in the public domain in countries and areas with shorter, or different, native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.