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Copyright & Trademarks

Copyrights and trademarks are forms of intellectual property. Canadian charities are not exempt from copyright laws. Copyright infringement may include improper use of computer software, songs, or publicly-shown video clips. Charities—including churches—must obtain an annual license to use overheads or PowerPoints to display song words, movie clips, or videos. The annual license can be obtained from a license provider authorized by the government of Canada.

Charities’ branding or logos may qualify as trademarks and property, which owners can protect and keep for their exclusive use.

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