Protecting the Rights of Access Copyright Affiliates
Canada's Copyright Act prohibits many unauthorized reproductions
of copyright protected works. However, locating rightsholders can
often be difficult for potential users.
When authorized to do so, Access Copyright represents our affiliates in the administration of their reproduction rights, and can help prevent or stop illegal copying.
Access Copyright will ensure your voice is heard on important issues that affect your livelihood, such as copyright reform legislation. You'll be kept informed about copyright issues through Access Copyright's various publications and educational sessions.
If you believe your copyright has been infringed
In certain circumstances, Access Copyright can investigate and take action on behalf of copyright owners. If you believe you or someone else's copyright has been infringed, Access Copyright can investigate your complaint. If you believe print rights have been infringed, please use our print compliance complaint form. If you believe digital rights have been infringed, please use our digital compliance complaint form. You can also email us with any information.
For legal issues such as contractual disputes you may want to contact a lawyer. Many law societies have lawyer referral services - we have listed some of them below. Please note that prices and other information are subject to change.
The Canadian Bar Association's list of Laywer Referral Services
Law Society of Alberta Lawyer Referral Service
1-800-661-1095 (toll-free number valid only in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Lower Mainland British Columbia, Yukon, NWT, and Nunavut. In Calgary, call 403-228-1722)
Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
1-800-663-1919 or 604-687-3221
Community Legal Education Association (Manitoba) Inc. Law Phone-In and Lawyer Referral Program
204-943-2305 or toll-free 1-800-262-8800 (outside Winnipeg)
Law Society of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador:
Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
Law Society of NWT Lawyer Referral Service
Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia Lawyer Referral Service
1-800-665-9779 (toll free in Nova Scotia only) or 902-455-3135
Law Society of Upper Canada Lawyer Referral Service
1-800-268-8326 or 416-947-3300
Artists Legal Advice Service (ALAS) Ontario
Prince Edward Island:
Law Society of PEI Lawyer Referral Service
1-800-240-9798 or 902-566-1666
Law Society of Saskatchewan
General Inquiries: 306-569-8242
Law Society of Yukon Lawyer Referral Service