Area of Law: Intellectual Property
Answer # 318
Why register a Copyright?Region: Ontario Answer # 318
Although you are not legally required to register a copyright with the Copyright Office of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), there are at least two reasons why it is a good idea to do so.
Evidence of ownership
First, registering your copyright provides evidence that you are the author or creator of the work. It also provides evidence that the work is protected by copyright. This makes it easier to protect your ownership rights and to take legal action against someone who infringes your copyright.
Facilitates assignments or licenses
Second, registering a copyright will help the author or creator sell or license the copyright. A registered copyright also helps the person who purchases the assignment or licence to protect their rights. For example, if you buy a copyright and the transfer of ownership is not registered with the Copyright Office, you might lose your ownership rights if the author sold the copyright to more than one person. Having a registered copyright helps to ensure that the copyright you hold is valid.
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