Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42)

Act current to 2014-06-12 and last amended on 2012-11-07. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Certain rights and interests protected
  •  (1) Despite subsections 27(1), (2) and (4) and sections 27.1, 28.1 and 28.2, if a person has, before the later of the day on which this section comes into force and the day on which a country that is not a treaty country becomes a WCT country, incurred an expenditure or a liability in connection with, or in preparation for, the doing of an act that, if that country had been a WCT country, would have infringed copyright in a work or moral rights in respect of a work, any right or interest of that person that arises from, or in connection with, the doing of that act and that is subsisting and valuable on the later of those days is not, except as provided by an order of the Board made under subsection 78(3), prejudiced or diminished by reason only of that country having become a WCT country.

  • Marginal note:Compensation

    (2) Despite subsection (1), a person’s right or interest that is protected by that subsection terminates as against the copyright owner if and when that owner pays the person any compensation that is agreed to between the parties or, failing agreement, that is determined by the Board in accordance with section 78.

  • 2012, c. 20, s. 41.

PART IVREMEDIES

Civil Remedies

Infringement of Copyright and Moral Rights

Marginal note:Copyright
  •  (1) Where copyright has been infringed, the owner of the copyright is, subject to this Act, entitled to all remedies by way of injunction, damages, accounts, delivery up and otherwise that are or may be conferred by law for the infringement of a right.

  • Marginal note:Moral rights

    (2) In any proceedings for an infringement of moral rights, the court may grant to the holder of those rights all remedies by way of injunction, damages, accounts, delivery up and otherwise that are or may be conferred by law for the infringement of a right.

  • Marginal note:Costs

    (3) The costs of all parties in any proceedings in respect of the infringement of a right conferred by this Act shall be in the discretion of the court.

  • Marginal note:Summary proceedings

    (4) The following proceedings may be commenced or proceeded with by way of application or action and shall, in the case of an application, be heard and determined without delay and in a summary way:

    • (a) proceedings for infringement of copyright or moral rights;

    • (b) proceedings taken under section 44.1, 44.2 or 44.4; and

    • (c) proceedings taken in respect of

      • (i) a tariff certified by the Board under Part VII or VIII, or

      • (ii) agreements referred to in section 70.12.

  • Marginal note:Practice and procedure

    (5) The rules of practice and procedure, in civil matters, of the court in which proceedings are commenced by way of application apply to those proceedings, but where those rules do not provide for the proceedings to be heard and determined without delay and in a summary way, the court may give such directions as it considers necessary in order to so provide.

  • Marginal note:Actions

    (6) The court in which proceedings are instituted by way of application may, where it considers it appropriate, direct that the proceeding be proceeded with as an action.

  • Meaning of “application”

    (7) In this section, “application” means a proceeding that is commenced other than by way of a writ or statement of claim.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-42, s. 34;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 10 (4th Supp.), s. 8;
  • 1993, c. 15, s. 3(E), c. 44, s. 65;
  • 1994, c. 47, s. 62;
  • 1997, c. 24, s. 20;
  • 2012, c. 20, s. 43.