Time to talk copyright. In Canada this is handled by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). It’s probably the best $50.00 investment you can make.
According to the CIPO, Copyright is the exclusive right to copy a creative work or allow someone else to do so. Copyright in a work exists automatically when an original work or work in other subject matter is created. Registration in the Copyright Office does not preclude or enhance protection, however, it is still a good idea to register your copyright and to indicate notice of copyright on your works. Registration gives you a certificate that states you are the copyright owner. You can use this certificate in court as evidence of ownership. Being on the Copyright Register also helps with finding an owner when permission to use a work is sought.
It’s a good idea to read A Guide to Copyrights before you start.
Once you are ready to apply click here. First you need to register with Industry Canada. Go to How to access this form and click on create a username and password. This will take you to the Industry Canada page. Fill in the blanks on the page and then return to the CIPO link above. Next, click on proceed to the form. Now click the New button in Create a New Copyright Application. Voila! You can now fill in the details and click the Validate button at the bottom when you are finished. In a few days they will send you your official Certificate of Registration of Copyright by Canada Post.
If you have questions you can email CIPO at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Client Service Centre at 1-866-997-1936. The fax number for general enquiries is 819-953-7620. If you still use Canada Post their mailing address is:
CIPO Client Service Centre
Place du Portage I
50 Victoria St., Room C-229
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0C9