Application for Registration of a Copyright in a Work

Additional Information


1. Title of the Work

The title of the work must identify a single work. If the work is published in a series of books or parts, such as in the case of an encyclopedia, a single application for the whole work is sufficient. Descriptive matter that does not constitute a part of the title should not be included.

2. Category of the Work

The following information may be helpful in selecting the appropriate category:

Literary

Works consisting of text. This includes books, pamphlets, lectures (including an address, speech or sermon), tables and translations. Computer programs are also included in this category.

Textual works in which a scenic arrangement or acting form is fixed in writing (e.g. a screenplay) fall within the dramatic category.

Musical

Means any work of music or musical composition with or without words, including compilations of musical works.

Artistic

Includes paintings, drawings, maps, charts, plans, photographs (includes photo-lithograph and any work expressed by any process analogous to photography), engravings (includes etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, prints and other similar works), illustrations, sketches, sculptures (includes a cast or model), works of artistic craftsmanship, architectural works (meaning buildings or structures or any model of a building or structure) and compilations of artistic works.

Selecting the check box beside the word "photograph" simply allows for the name of a legal entity (that is not an individual) to be entered as the author of the work in the "author" section of the form for photographs created prior to November 7, 2012. Please see the "author" section of the form for more information in this regard. The category of the work will be reflected as "artistic" on the certificate of registration.

Dramatic

Includes any piece for recitation, choreographic work or mime, where the scenic arrangement or acting form is fixed in writing or otherwise. It also includes cinematographic works (having dramatic character or not) and compilations of dramatic works. Examples of dramatic works are screenplays, scripts, plays, and motion picture films.

A compilation is a work resulting from the selection or arrangement of literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works or parts thereof, or a work resulting from the selection or arrangement of data. A compilation containing two or more of the categories of literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works is deemed to be a compilation of the category making up the most substantial part of the compilation.

3. Publication

Publication means making copies of a work available to the public; the construction of an architectural work (building or structure or any model of a building or structure); and the incorporation of an artistic work into an architectural work.

The following do not constitute publication:

  • the distribution of photographs/engravings of sculptures or architectural works;
  • the exhibition in public of an artistic work;
  • the performance of a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work in public;
  • the communication of a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work to the public by telecommunication.

4. Owner

The copyright owner is usually the author of the work, the employer of the author, or any individual or other legal entity that has obtained ownership through a transfer of ownership, such as an assignment.

5. Author

The individual who created the work should be named as author except in the case of a photograph created prior to November 7, 2012, where the author can be an individual or some other legal entity.

6. Declaration

An application for registration of copyright must contain a declaration that the applicant is the author of the work, the owner of the copyright in the work, an assignee of the copyright, or a person to whom an interest in the copyright has been granted by licence. Please note that the registration certificate and any correspondence related to the application will be sent to the person named as the copyright owner, unless an agent has been named in the application.

7. Agent (if applicable)

If this section is completed, the certificate of registration and any correspondence relating to the application will be sent to the agent rather than the person named as the copyright owner.

8. Payment Method

For questions regarding payments, please consult the page How to make a payment.

Deposit account fee payments are not debited from the account when the document transmission is confirmed. The transmittal confirmation only indicates that the submitted document has been received at CIPO; payment will be debited from the account when the service request is processed by CIPO's Finance and Administration Directorate.

Further details about fees and deposit accounts are available by contacting the Client Service Centre.

Once a copyright is registered, no further fees are required to maintain the registration.

Please do not send copies of your work.

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