Why register your copyright?
A poem, painting, musical score, performer's performance and a computer program are all valuable creations worth protecting.
Although copyright in a work exists automatically when an original work is created, a certificate of registration is evidence that your creation is protected by copyright and that you, the person registered, are the owner. It can be used in court as evidence of ownership.
How to register
Before you apply to register your copyright, consult the Guide to Copyright to learn about the registration process.
Once you're ready, register your copyright.
At CIPO, we can provide you with information about the registration process. For information about all other matters related to copyright (policy, royalties, licences), refer to the following sites:
- Copyright and International Intellectual Property Policy Directorate (Industry Canada)
- Copyright Policy Branch (Canadian Heritage)
- Copyright Board
- Access Copyright