postheadericon How to Copyright in Canada

To copyright means to claim that you are the owner of an intellectual work–a painting, poem, musical score, computer program or prose. Copyright automatically exists when the original is created, but a registration of copyright protects that creation and verifies that you are the creator and owner. It is important to learn how to copyright in Canada, in case you have to show a court you own the creation.

How to Copyright in Canada

1 Visit the Canadian Intellectual Property Office website at cipo.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/home. Click on “Copyrights,” on the left side of the page. Under the “How to Register” subheading, the site advises visitors to read the “Guide to Copyrights” before beginning the copyright application process. Click on the “Guide to Copyrights” link and study the information on that page.

How to Copyright in Canada

2 Click on the “Register Your Copyright” link to begin registering your intellectual property copyright. Click on the “create a username and password” link before clicking on the copyright application form. You need to have your username and password already created, because the form is on a secure server.

How to Copyright in Canada

3 Click on the “Copyright application form” link and fill out the application. Read through your application to ensure it is correct and complete. Print the completed application or save it on a flash drive.

How to Copyright in Canada

4 Pay for the copyright application. Click on “Fees” on the left side of your screen to see the applicable fees. Make payment online, using an American Express, Visa or Mastercard credit cards. Online payment is $50 as of 2011. Open a CIPO deposit account. Call the Finance Branch at 819-994-2269 to set up your account. You can also open an account by contacting the Finance Branch at Place du Portage 1, 3rd Floor, Room 304 C, Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0C9. Pay $65 if you open a CIPO deposit account to pay for your copyright application.

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