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Find out about automatic copyright protection in Canada, how to register for a copyright with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for added protection, and how to access the Canadian Copyrights Database.

  • Copyright

    Find out what copyright is, your rights and obligations under the Copyright Act of Canada, and how to file for a copyright.

  • Guide to copyright

    Get the details on Canadian copyright — the benefits and processes of registering for copyright, licenses, royalties and tariffs, and much more.

  • Canadian Copyrights Database

    Search this database for all Canadian copyrights registered as of October 1, 1991.

  • Access Copyright

    Get copies from copyrighted books, magazines, newspapers and other material while ensuring that creators and publishers are fairly compensated for their works.

  • Copyright Board of Canada

    Find out about your rights and responsibilities when you create or use literary and artistic works.

  • Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada

    If you play recorded music or hire live musicians to enhance your business, SOCAN is there to help you determine what kind of licensing arrangement you require.

    Applies only to: Québec

    If your organization reproduces excerpts from copyrighted works (books, newspapers, magazines), you must obtain a licence from COPIBEC.

  • Re:Sound Music Licences for Businesses

    Find out how to get the right licence(s) if you are playing recorded music as part of your business or at an event.