Complete details about copyright laws and intellectual property can be found at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). Website: http://www.cipo.gc.ca
Telephone: General Enquiries: 819-997-1936 (Quebec, Canada 8:30am – 4:30pm EST) or 1-900-565-2476 for a $3.00 flat rate.
A Guide to Copyrights: View online at http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/sc_mrksv/cipo/cp/copy_gd_main-e.html or download a PDF version from that site or www.danieljanssen.com/Publications/CanadianCopyrightGuide.pdf
It is CIPO’s mission to accelerate Canada’s economic development by:
* fostering the use of intellectual property systems and the exploitation of intellectual property information;
* encouraging invention, innovation and creativity in Canada;
* administering the intellectual property systems in Canada. Patents, trade-marks, copyrights, industrial designs and integrated circuit topographies;
* promoting Canada’s international intellectual property interests.
A copyright is recognized by the symbol . This is the exclusive right to copy a creative work or allow someone else to do so. It includes the sole right to publish, to produce or reproduce, to perform in public, to communicate a work to the public by telecommunication, to translate a work, and in some cases, to rent the work.
Registering your copyright is standard way to secure and establish proof of the material in question. In North America and most countries around the world you are automatically protected but if any problems, infringements or legal issues arise it is best to be able to prove the date and work protected.
Protection can be acheieved in a few ways.
- Keep excellent documented records of the development of your work.
- Notorizing your completed work.
- Registering your work with the Canadian Copyright Office
Another non-profit Canadian Copyright organization is Access Copyright
Access Copyright is a Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency. It is a not-for-profit agency established in 1988 by publishers and creators to license public access to copyright works. The agency now represents a vast international repertoire along with more than 5,300 Canadian writers, photographers, illustrators and 490 newspaper, book and magazine publishers.