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The Library & Archives strongly encourage publication in open access of academic and administrative works intended for public readership. For more information on open access, especially in the context of Laurentian University, please see the Library & Archives information page on Open Access.
In the context of publication services, a few points on copyright should be made:
- In Canada, copyright adheres to a work as soon as the work is created; there is no need to register a copyright to establish it. It is, however, possible for a copyright holder to register copyright for a work through the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.
- Assignment of an ISBN (or similar) to a work does not confer copyright.
- Open access publication of a work does not imply the renunciation of copyright; that a work is available in open access does not at all mean that it is in the public domain.
For further information about copyright in general and how copyright is managed at Laurentian University, please see the Library & Archives information page on copyright.