FAQ on Copyright
- Before filing an application
- Filing the application and other documents
- After filing the application
Before filing an application
- What is copyright?
- How do I obtain copyright in my work?
- Do I need to register my copyright in order be protected?
- What are the benefits of copyright registration?
- What is protected by copyright?
- Can non-residents apply for copyright registration in Canada?
- Who owns the copyright in works created during the course of employment?
- Can an application relate to more than one work?
- Do I need to register the latest version of my work?
Filing the application and other documents
- What is a licence?
- What is an assignment?
- How do I file an application for registration of a copyright?
- Who should be named as the author on the application for registration in the case of a work that has been created by several authors?
- When applying to register a copyright, do I need to submit a copy of my work?
- Can a change of name be recorded in the Register of Copyrights?
- Does the Copyright Office check to ensure that my claim of copyright is legitimate?
After filing the application
- Is the Copyright Office responsible for policing my copyright?
- What happens if there is an error on my certificate of registration ?
- Once I have registered, do I have to pay further fees to maintain the registration?
- When will my copyright registration be posted on the copyright database?
- Does mailing myself a copy of my work count as an official registration?
- Do I need to mark my work with the copyright symbol?
- How long does copyrights last?
- Who owns the copyright in a work?
- Are original works contained on a website protected by Copyright?
- Are photocopy shops permitted to reproduce works protected by copyright?
- Can I play music in a public establishment without a licence?
- Can I show a movie in a public establishment?
- Can I reproduce government publications?
- Can I use words or paragraphs from a work without obtaining the author's permission?
- Can someone produce or reproduce a work protected by copyright without consent?
- Can the Copyright Office provide any legal advice?
- Can we show a movie for educational purposes?
- Does CIPO have a list of works in the public domain?
- Where can I find information related to exceptions such as fair dealing?
- What are performing rights' societies?
- What are royalties and tariffs?
- What are the responsibilities of the Copyright Board of Canada?
- What do the acronyms ISBN, ISMN, and ISSN mean?
- What happens if I cannot locate a copyright owner?
- What are collectives?
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