Copyright protection is granted to a literary work (book, conference brochure, software, database, poetry and other writings), artistic work (painting, drawing, photography) musical, or dramatic (movie, play). It allows the author (or holder) of a work to own all the rights to produce, reproduce, copy or modify this work or allow the use by a third party in return for royalties.
To be protected, the work must be original (a work that comes from the creative efforts of the author and not copied from the work of another creator) and be fixed on a medium. In principle, the creator of a work is the owner of the copyright. If the work was produced in collaboration, copyright is jointly owned by the collaborators. Note that copyright does not belong to the creator if the work was carried out in the course of employment under an employment contract; exploitation rights then belong to the employer.
An important precaution to take to enjoy exclusively the rights to a work and to control its use is to secure registration of ownership with the Canadian Copyright Office. The process is quite simple and the one time fee is very affordable*. The registration certificate is a proof that the work is protected by copyright and is the property of the registered owner. In the event that the work would be used fraudulently, it’s easier to prove who the real owner of the copyright is by producing the certificate of registration. There is no renewal mechanism to maintain the registration.
As a general rule, copyright protection subsists during the author's life plus fifty (50) years after his death. Contact us for more detailed information www.belotip.com
* (copyright registration under $100 using our services)