Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42)

Act current to 2014-12-08 and last amended on 2012-11-07. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Anonymous and pseudonymous works of joint authorship

 Where the identity of all the authors of a work of joint authorship is unknown, copyright in the work shall subsist for whichever of the following terms ends earlier:

  • (a) a term consisting of the remainder of the calendar year of the first publication of the work and a period of fifty years following the end of that calendar year, and

  • (b) a term consisting of the remainder of the calendar year of the making of the work and a period of seventy-five years following the end of that calendar year,

but where, during that term, the identity of one or more of the authors becomes commonly known, copyright shall subsist for the life of whichever of those authors dies last, the remainder of the calendar year in which that author dies, and a period of fifty years following the end of that calendar year.

  • 1993, c. 44, s. 58.