Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42)

Act current to 2014-10-15 and last amended on 2012-11-07. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Ownership of copyright
  •  (1) Subject to this Act, the author of a work shall be the first owner of the copyright therein.

  • (2) [Repealed, 2012, c. 20, s. 7]

  • Marginal note:Work made in the course of employment

    (3) Where the author of a work was in the employment of some other person under a contract of service or apprenticeship and the work was made in the course of his employment by that person, the person by whom the author was employed shall, in the absence of any agreement to the contrary, be the first owner of the copyright, but where the work is an article or other contribution to a newspaper, magazine or similar periodical, there shall, in the absence of any agreement to the contrary, be deemed to be reserved to the author a right to restrain the publication of the work, otherwise than as part of a newspaper, magazine or similar periodical.

  • Marginal note:Assignments and licences

    (4) The owner of the copyright in any work may assign the right, either wholly or partially, and either generally or subject to limitations relating to territory, medium or sector of the market or other limitations relating to the scope of the assignment, and either for the whole term of the copyright or for any other part thereof, and may grant any interest in the right by licence, but no assignment or grant is valid unless it is in writing signed by the owner of the right in respect of which the assignment or grant is made, or by the owner’s duly authorized agent.

  • Marginal note:Ownership in case of partial assignment

    (5) Where, under any partial assignment of copyright, the assignee becomes entitled to any right comprised in copyright, the assignee, with respect to the rights so assigned, and the assignor, with respect to the rights not assigned, shall be treated for the purposes of this Act as the owner of the copyright, and this Act has effect accordingly.

  • Marginal note:Assignment of right of action

    (6) For greater certainty, it is deemed always to have been the law that a right of action for infringement of copyright may be assigned in association with the assignment of the copyright or the grant of an interest in the copyright by licence.

  • Marginal note:Exclusive licence

    (7) For greater certainty, it is deemed always to have been the law that a grant of an exclusive licence in a copyright constitutes the grant of an interest in the copyright by licence.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-42, s. 13;
  • 1997, c. 24, s. 10;
  • 2012, c. 20, s. 7.