Application for Registration of a Copyright in a Performer’s Performance, Sound Recording or Communication Signal
From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office
1. Title of the Subject-Matter
The application must relate to the registration of only one performer’s performance, sound recording or communication signal.
The following information may be helpful in selecting the appropriate type.
- Performer’s performance: Means any of the following when done by a performer:
- a performance of an artistic, dramatic or musical work, whether or not the work was previously fixed in any material form, and whether or not the work's term of copyright protection has expired;
- a recitation or reading of a literary work, whether or not the work’s term of copyright protection has expired;
- an improvisation of a dramatic, musical or literary work, whether or not the improvised work is based on a pre-existing work.
- Sound recording: Means a recording, fixed in any material form, consisting of sounds whether or not a performance of a work, but excludes any soundtrack of a cinematographic work where it accompanies the cinematographic work.
- Communication signal: Means radio waves transmitted through space without any artificial guide, for reception by the public.
The copyright owner is usually the performer in the case of a performer’s performance, the maker in the case of a sound recording (person by whom the arrangements necessary for the first fixation of the sounds are undertaken), the broadcaster who broadcasts the communication signal in the case of a communication signal, or any other person that has obtained ownership through a transfer of ownership such as an assignment.
An application for registration of a copyright in a performer’s performance, sound recording or communication signal must contain a declaration that the applicant is the owner of the copyright in the subject matter, an assignee of the copyright, or a person to whom an interest in the copyright has been granted by licence.
If this section is completed, the certificate of registration and any correspondence relating to the application will be sent to the agent rather than the person named as the copyright owner.
6. Payment Method
For questions regarding payments, please consult the page How to make a payment.
Further details about fees and deposit accounts are available by contacting the Client Service Centre.
Once a copyright is registered, no further fees are required to maintain the registration.
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