Originally Posted by Kraftie
Is there a reliable way to tell if a book in my collection is legitimately free/public domain? I have hundreds that I received from friends who told me they were "free" books. I have since come to learn that some are DRM protected and clearly NOT intended for royalty free sharing.
If the author died more than 50 years ago (currently, that means in 1961 or earlier), the book is in the Canadian public domain. If the author died after 1961 (or is still alive) the book is more than likely still protected by copyright.