Make sure your property stays yours.
$240 + Tax + Gov’t fees
Copyright (©) is the legal “right to copy”. It gives exclusive legal rights to produce, reproduce, publish, or perform an original creative work. The Copyright on a work is created automatically and its creator is the default owner.
Poorly written or incomplete applications are likely to be rejected by the federal government which makes the process slower and more expensive. This extra time can allow competitors to get their own copyrights in place before you do.
The easy way.
Legal professionals are experienced and know what Applications should and shouldn’t include. A good lawyer can navigate the application process much easier than someone who has never done it before.
Own your work.
Registered Copyrights prevent anyone in Canada from copying your work. That additional protection can open the doors for you to commercialize your work and maximize your returns through the sale or licensing of your intellectual property.
First, you'll have a kick-off call with your Good Lawyer to discuss your current situation. After the call, your lawyer will carefully complete your application. They will share a copy of the final document.
1. Project kick-off call to gather information, advise you and answer questions
2. One custom Copyright Registration Application
3. One round of minor revisions if necessary
Pick a time to discuss your Copyright Registration with a Good Lawyer.
Work directly with your lawyer to craft your copyright Application. This allows you to identify the creative work that you want to protect (website, book, art, music, video, etc.). Your lawyer will provide advice and help you create an Application that supports your business goals and has a higher chance of approval.
You will receive a final draft of the Application before it is submitted and will be able to make one last round of minor revisions if necessary.
The Application will be filed. Your Good Lawyer will file the application on your behalf.
Get your paperwork done the easy way so you can get back to running your business.
Yes, absolutely. You can use the Goodlawyer platform to send messages and files. If substantially more communication is needed, your lawyer may request another call.
Copyright Registrations are very quick. It generally takes 5 - 10 business days to register your copyright in Canada, the majority of which is time waiting for the results of your application. If your application is overly complex, it could take a bit longer for your application to get prepared and reviewed, but your lawyer will always let you know in advance.
Copyright only covers original creative works, and it does NOT protect inventions (these are protected by patents) or branding (this is protected by trademark). There is no legal protection available for facts, which are considered part of the public domain. It’s also worth noting that if you’re trying to copyright a performance of some sort, it must be recorded. A copyright cannot be registered based on the description of a performance alone. If you’re unsure if something can be protected by copyright, consider booking an Advice Session with an Intellectual Property Lawyer.
A long, long time. Typically, a Copyright will stand for the life of the creator, the remainder of the calendar year of their death, plus another 50 years. So, a Copyright will expire on December 31st on the 50th year after its creator’s death. There are of course cases where a copyright can be shortened or extended but these are rare cases. Your lawyer can discuss this with you if it’s relevant to your needs.
Quite simply, there is nothing you can do other than modify your Application and try again. Generally, when an application is rejected, CIPO will provide some clarity as to why it was rejected and how it could be improved for a successful Application. Unfortunately, Goodlawyer cannot guarantee that your Application will be successful.
It is possible to register your own copyright, although it can be a complex and time-consuming process. Getting the help of a Good Lawyer means having an expert fill out your Copyright Application for the highest likelihood of approval. Your application needs to be in line with the Copyright Act and Copyright Regulations. These are complex documents and having your application rejected due to a misunderstanding or mistake can result in additional costs or even worse, give your competitors a chance to file their Copyright before you do. It’s safer and easier to hire a lawyer from the outset.
Generally, no, you don’t need a local lawyer to file a Copyright Registration. Copyrights are protected at the federal level and there are no significant differences between the provinces. Most of Canada’s intellectual property lawyers are based in Toronto, so you will most likely be matched with lawyers based in Toronto.
You could find out more about registering a Copyright through our Perfect Guide to Copyright 101!
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