Should You Copyright Your Work?


Should You Copyright

I debated over this for some time, and being the overly careful person I am, I, of course, researched it to death. The following is what I found out.

Generally, in Canada, all of your following creative, original work is automatically protected by copyright the moment you create it. It is worth noting that it never hurts to keep proof of your work. It would be best if you made it a point of getting into the habit of backing-up or storing all of your working data because you never know when it may come in handy.

If you choose to copyright your work, you will be provided with a certificate of registration that you can use in court as evidence you own the protected work. The cost of copyright in Canada is fifty dollars per item.

Being who I am, I also chose to copyright my work with the Library of Congress in the U.S. Registering with the Electronic Copyright Office (eCO) is simple. Complete a form online and upload your manuscript, and Bob’s your uncle. The cost is for this piece of ninety-five dollars per item.

For more information on Canadian copyright, visit A guide to copyright or write to:

Canadian Intellectual Property Office Industry Canada
Place du Portage, Tower 1
50 Victoria Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0C9
Telephone: 1-866-997-1936
Fax: 819-953-2476
Website: Canadian Intellectual Property Office

To register your work with the U.S. Electronic Copyright Office click United States Copyright Office to be routed to their website.

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