Copyright protection is automatic under Canadian and international law from the moment of creation of work, provided that the work meets these three criteria:

1) The work must be original.

2) It must be fixed in a somewhat permanent material form.

3) The author must meet the qualified person requirements set out in the Copyright Act.

Registration is not required for protection in Canada. However, the Copyright Act provides that a certificate of registration of copyright is evidence that copyright exists and that the person registered is the owner of the copyright. Having your work on the Register of Copyrights may also help those wishing to seek permission to use the work. For more information go to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office at

Keep in mind that there is a cost associated with registering copyright, and if you decide to copyright every work you create, you may or may not receive a return on your investment.

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