Legal deposit is the means by which a comprehensive national library collection is gathered together as a record of the nation's published heritage and development. Providing a publication to Legal Deposit at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) ensures its permanent preservation for present and future generations.
The Library and Archives of Canada Act (2004) (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/L-7.7/index.html) is a federal statute that mandates and legally empowers Legal Deposit at LAC to collect the nation's published heritage.
Legal deposit applies to all publishers in Canada, and to all publications in all mediums. Canadian publishers are required to send one or two copies (dependent on print run) of all books, serials (journals, periodicals, newsletters), spoken word sound recordings, video recordings, CD/DVD-ROMs and microforms. One copy is required for musical sound recordings, CDs and multi-media kits.
On January 1, 2007 legal deposit was extended to include maps and online or Internet publications. For electronic publications, consult the Guidelines for Legal Deposit of Online Publications
Further information is available by consulting Legal Deposit: Preserving and Providing Access to Canada's Published Heritage
Legal deposit forms are also available online.
Depositing published materials with LAC does not constitute or convey formal copyright registration or protection. Questions about copyright should be directed to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
(http://www.cipo.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/Home) at Industry Canada.
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