Copyright FAQ

What is a copyright notice?

A copyright notice typically includes the copyright symbol, as well as the name of the copyright owner and the year of the publication of the work. Please contact us if you require assistance with the preparation of a copyright notice for use on your material. It is not necessary to mark your work in Canada with a copyright notice of any kind in order to maintain or establish a claim to ownership of the copyright in that work.  However in some countries such as the United States it is necessary to put a copyright notice in place in the work.

Do I need to register my copyright?

Copyright exists automatically in the work as of the time of its creation.  While it is not necessary to register your copyright is often times desirable from an enforcement perspective, since there are an additional basket of rights and enforcement abilities available to a registered copyright owner.  It also provides an ability to strengthen and evidence your copyright ownership.

How long does copyright last?

The term of a copyright in Canada is 50 years after the life of the author.  There are a small number of exceptions to this general rule.  Copyright terms vary in other countries.