Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42)

Act current to 2014-08-05 and last amended on 2012-11-07. Previous Versions

 [Repealed, 2012, c. 20, s. 45]

 [Repealed, 2012, c. 20, s. 45]

Marginal note:Recovery of possession of copies, plates
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), the owner of the copyright in a work or other subject-matter may

    • (a) recover possession of all infringing copies of that work or other subject-matter, and of all plates used or intended to be used for the production of infringing copies, and

    • (b) take proceedings for seizure of those copies or plates before judgment if, under the law of Canada or of the province in which those proceedings are taken, a person is entitled to take such proceedings,

    as if those copies or plates were the property of the copyright owner.

  • Marginal note:Powers of court

    (2) On application by

    • (a) a person from whom the copyright owner has recovered possession of copies or plates referred to in subsection (1),

    • (b) a person against whom proceedings for seizure before judgment of copies or plates referred to in subsection (1) have been taken, or

    • (c) any other person who has an interest in those copies or plates,

    a court may order that those copies or plates be destroyed, or may make any other order that it considers appropriate in the circumstances.

  • Marginal note:Notice to interested persons

    (3) Before making an order under subsection (2), the court shall direct that notice be given to any person who has an interest in the copies or plates in question, unless the court is of the opinion that the interests of justice do not require such notice to be given.

  • Marginal note:Circumstances court to consider

    (4) In making an order under subsection (2), the court shall have regard to all the circumstances, including

    • (a) the proportion, importance and value of the infringing copy or plate, as compared to the substrate or carrier embodying it; and

    • (b) the extent to which the infringing copy or plate is severable from, or a distinct part of, the substrate or carrier embodying it.

  • Marginal note:Limitation

    (5) Nothing in this Act entitles the copyright owner to damages in respect of the possession or conversion of the infringing copies or plates.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-42, s. 38;
  • 1997, c. 24, s. 20.
Marginal note:Statutory damages
  •  (1) Subject to this section, a copyright owner may elect, at any time before final judgment is rendered, to recover, instead of damages and profits referred to in subsection 35(1), an award of statutory damages for which any one infringer is liable individually, or for which any two or more infringers are liable jointly and severally,

    • (a) in a sum of not less than $500 and not more than $20,000 that the court considers just, with respect to all infringements involved in the proceedings for each work or other subject-matter, if the infringements are for commercial purposes; and

    • (b) in a sum of not less than $100 and not more than $5,000 that the court considers just, with respect to all infringements involved in the proceedings for all works or other subject-matter, if the infringements are for non-commercial purposes.

  • Marginal note:Infringement of subsection 27(2.3)

    (1.1) An infringement under subsection 27(2.3) may give rise to an award of statutory damages with respect to a work or other subject-matter only if the copyright in that work or other subject-matter was actually infringed as a result of the use of a service referred to in that subsection.

  • Marginal note:Deeming  — infringement of subsection 27(2.3)

    (1.11) For the purpose of subsection (1), an infringement under subsection 27(2.3) is deemed to be for a commercial purpose.

  • Marginal note:Infringements not involved in proceedings

    (1.12) If the copyright owner has made an election under subsection (1) with respect to a defendant’s infringements that are for non-commercial purposes, they are barred from recovering statutory damages under this section from that defendant with respect to any other of the defendant’s infringements that were done for non-commercial purposes before the institution of the proceedings in which the election was made.

  • Marginal note:No other statutory damages

    (1.2) If a copyright owner has made an election under subsection (1) with respect to a defendant’s infringements that are for non-commercial purposes, every other copyright owner is barred from electing to recover statutory damages under this section in respect of that defendant for any of the defendant’s infringements that were done for non-commercial purposes before the institution of the proceedings in which the election was made.

  • Marginal note:If defendant unaware of infringement

    (2) If a copyright owner has made an election under subsection (1) and the defendant satisfies the court that the defendant was not aware and had no reasonable grounds to believe that the defendant had infringed copyright, the court may reduce the amount of the award under paragraph (1)(a) to less than $500, but not less than $200.

  • Marginal note:Special case

    (3) In awarding statutory damages under paragraph (1)(a) or subsection (2), the court may award, with respect to each work or other subject-matter, a lower amount than $500 or $200, as the case may be, that the court considers just, if

    • (a) either

      • (i) there is more than one work or other subject-matter in a single medium, or

      • (ii) the award relates only to one or more infringements under subsection 27(2.3); and

    • (b) the awarding of even the minimum amount referred to in that paragraph or that subsection would result in a total award that, in the court’s opinion, is grossly out of proportion to the infringement.

  • Marginal note:Collective societies

    (4) Where the defendant has not paid applicable royalties, a collective society referred to in section 67 may only make an election under this section to recover, in lieu of any other remedy of a monetary nature provided by this Act, an award of statutory damages in a sum of not less than three and not more than ten times the amount of the applicable royalties, as the court considers just.

  • Marginal note:Factors to consider

    (5) In exercising its discretion under subsections (1) to (4), the court shall consider all relevant factors, including

    • (a) the good faith or bad faith of the defendant;

    • (b) the conduct of the parties before and during the proceedings;

    • (c) the need to deter other infringements of the copyright in question; and

    • (d) in the case of infringements for non-commercial purposes, the need for an award to be proportionate to the infringements, in consideration of the hardship the award may cause to the defendant, whether the infringement was for private purposes or not, and the impact of the infringements on the plaintiff.

  • Marginal note:No award

    (6) No statutory damages may be awarded against

    • (a) an educational institution or a person acting under its authority that has committed an act referred to in section 29.6 or 29.7 and has not paid any royalties or complied with any terms and conditions fixed under this Act in relation to the commission of the act;

    • (b) an educational institution, library, archive or museum that is sued in the circumstances referred to in section 38.2;

    • (c) a person who infringes copyright under paragraph 27(2)(e) or section 27.1, where the copy in question was made with the consent of the copyright owner in the country where the copy was made; or

    • (d) an educational institution that is sued in the circumstances referred to in subsection 30.02(7) or a person acting under its authority who is sued in the circumstances referred to in subsection 30.02(8).

  • Marginal note:Exemplary or punitive damages not affected

    (7) An election under subsection (1) does not affect any right that the copyright owner may have to exemplary or punitive damages.

  • 1997, c. 24, s. 20;
  • 2012, c. 20, s. 46.