How your application for registration of a copyright is processed

The Copyright Office will process your application according to the steps outlined below, which include details about when you will be notified of the status of your application, and any associated fees.

Please contact us if you wish to have general information on the registration of a copyright, or to find out the status of your application.

Always quote your file number for quick service. A complete listing of fees is included in the Tariff of Fees.

Note: The following is an overview of how an application for the registration of a copyright is processed, including approximate timelines. To read our service commitment to clients, see CIPO's Client Service Standards.

Steps

Main process:

  1. Filing
  2. Registration

Process for other requests:

  1. Assignment, licence or other documents

1. Filing

Applications that are submitted electronically using the online form on the CIPO web site and are accompanied by the prescribed fee (Item 1 of the Tariff of Fees) will be automatically downloaded into the internal processing system to be registered.

Applications in paper form that are filed with CIPO (e.g. by mail or facsimile) are entered manually in the internal processing system. If the application is complete and the prescribed fee (Item 1 of the Tariff of Fees) has been paid, the copyright will be registered.  If there are any deficiencies in the application or the fee, the Copyright Office will issue a notice within one (1) week of the date of filing.

2. Registration

Once an application is complete, including the payment of the prescribed fee, the copyright is registered.

How you will be notified
…and when
A registration certificate including a registration number is issued.
For applications submitted online: within five (5) business days.

For paper applications (e.g. submitted by mail or facsimile): within seven (7) business days.

3. Assignment, licence or other documents

Upon receipt of a request and the prescribed fee (Item 2 of the Tariff of Fees) to register an assignment or licence, or to include in the register any other document, the relevant information is entered in the internal processing system.  If the request and fee are complete, the assignment, licence or document will be included in the register. If there are deficiencies in any request or fee, the Copyright Office will issue a notice within one (1) week of the date of filing of the request.

How you will be notified
…and when
A certificate of registration including a registration number is issued.
Approximately two (2) weeks.