In Canada, copyright is inherent with the producer of the original work. This means that you do not have to go to an official copyright certifier to say “I own this.” That being said, in the event of disputed origins, you might find yourself in a position to have to prove that it was you who created the work.
It is important in the creation of a work to keep records of the entire process. In the case of on-line material, adding metadata to photos and video to prove that you are the original creator even if the material gets distributed without your consent. You have a right to be credited and/or paid for your work.
- What is Intellectual Property
- How to Register a Trademark (Sept.20, 2012)
- Canadian Intellectual Property Office
- Wall Street Journal – Intellectual Property Blog
- Entrepreneur – Intellectual Property
- CBC – Military Vet Battles Government Over Intellectual Property (Mar. 7, 2016)
- Intellectual Property Magazine
- ‘Harry Potter’ Author J.K. Rowling’s Copyright Case: Behind All The Legal Jargon (Apr. 15, 2008)
- Everything is a Remix (2015)
The Digital Tattoo Project encourages critical discussion on topics surrounding digital citizenship and online identity. There are no correct answers and every person will view these topics from a different perspective. Be sure to complete the previous sections before answering the questions.
- Do you think intellectual copyright is a barrier to innovation?