Editors' Association of Canada


Canadian copyright information

Access Copyright
Access Copyright (formerly CANCOPY) is a nonprofit organization founded by Canadian writers and publishers. CANCOPY acts on behalf of artists, writers, and publishers to grant permission to copy. A licensing fee or royalty is collected and given back to the artist, writer, or publisher.

Bill C-32, as passed by the House of Commons
Passed on April 25, 1997, this Bill is the first major revision of Canada's Copyright Act since 1988.

Canadian Copyright Act C-42

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
CIPO is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada. CIPO's areas of activity include patents, trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs, and integrated circuit topographies.

Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency
CMRRA is Canada's largest music licensing agency, representing more than 30,000 music publishers and copyright owners. The Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) is a trade association representing the interests of music publishers and copyright owners doing business in Canada.

Canadian Patents Database
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) searchable database of Canadian Patent Bibliographic data. The database contains issued patents and applications for patents that have been made available to the public from October 1, 1989 to the present.

Copyright Board of Canada

Copyrightlaws.com is devoted to Canadian and international copyright law, digital property, media, and other intellectual property issues. The site is maintained by Canadian lawyer Lesley Ellen Harris, author of Canadian Copyright Law and Digital Property: The Currency of the 21st Century. Harris also produces an occasional newsletter, Copyright and New Media Legal News.

PATSCAN: Patent and Trademark Searching
PATSCAN conducts trademark searches that cover Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and most of Europe. PATSCAN is available through the University of British Columbia Library and is partly funded through the B.C. Ministry of Employment and Investment.

Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
SOCAN is a performing rights society. Its role is to license the users of music in return for copyright fees. It then distributes these fees as royalties to SOCAN members in Canada and the thousands of foreign music copyright owners whose works the society also licenses in this country.

International copyright information

Association of American Publishers — Terms and Conditions

Association of American Publishers — Digital Piracy

The Authors Registry (US)
The Registry collects and distributes royalties for electronic and other uses of magazine articles. The Registry is working to collect more money from publishers, database producers, and reprint services and distribute the funds to authors whose works are being used.

Copyright Alliance Education Foundation

Copyright & Fair Use (US)
Comprehensive information site sponsored by the Council on Library Resources, FindLaw Internet Legal Resources, and the Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources.

Copyright Clearance Center (US)
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) is a not-for-profit organization created at the suggestion of Congress to help organizations comply with US copyright law. Through its collective licensing programs, CCC provides authorized users with a lawful means for making photocopies from its repertoire of more than 1.75 million titles.

Copyright Licensing Agency (UK)
The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) is the UK's Reproduction Rights Organization and a member of IFRRO, the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations. CLA is responsible for looking after the interests of rights owners in copying from books, magazines journals, electronic and online publications, and press cuttings. Formed in 1983, it is a non-profit-making company owned by its members, the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, and the Publishers Licensing Society.

Creators’ Rights Alliance (UK)
The Creators’ Copyright Coalition was reformed into the Creators’ Rights Alliance on March 20, 1995, in response to several UK publishers' assault on freelancers' rights in their work.

International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations
IFRRO is a non-governmental, independent, not-for-profit association begun in 1980. Its purpose is to facilitate international collective administration of reproduction and related copyright rights through cooperation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (RROs).

Software & Information Industry Association
Formerly, the Software Publishers Association (SPA), SIIA is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA works to promote the software and digital content industry; protect the intellectual property of member companies; advocate a legal and regulatory environment that benefits the entire industry; and inform the industry and the public about trends, technologies, policies, and related issues. Site includes an anti-piracy page.

US Copyright Office
Official source of US copyright information, from the Library of Congress.

World Intellectual Property Organization
WIPO was established in 1967, and is an intergovernmental organization with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. WIPO is responsible for the promotion of the protection of intellectual property throughout the world through cooperation among States, and for the administration of various multilateral treaties dealing with the legal and administrative aspects of intellectual property.