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R. William Wray & Associates provides comprehensive services for inventors, companies, and legal associates on all aspects of intellectual property.

Copyright Lawyers in Ottawa and Surrounding Areas

Copyright applies to all original literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works. We at R. William Wray & Associates understand the efforts you put in for creating an original work of art. Therefore, our team of dedicated copyright lawyers in Ottawa help your creativity thrive by advising on how to protect your creative piece against piracy.

You can copyright any of the following types of work:


This category is used to describe works consisting of text. This includes novels, poems, song lyrics without music, tables, compilations of literary works, catalogues, reports, and translations of such works. Computer programs are also included in this category.


Included here is any piece for recitation, choreographic work, or mime where the scenic arrangement or acting form is in writing or otherwise. Also included are cinematographic productions, such as films and videos. Examples of dramatic works are screenplays, scripts, and plays.


This category is used to describe any work of music or musical composition with or without words and includes any compilations of these. This definition does not cover song lyrics without music.


Included here are paintings, drawings, maps, charts, plans, photographs, engravings, sculptures, works of artistic craftsmanship, and architectural works.

Read the following for more information on copyright:

What rights does the copyright owner have?

Copyright allows copyright owners to control and benefit from the use of their creations by reproducing, performing, or publishing the work. Copyright also protects the integrity of the work by preventing distortion, mutilation, or improper use of it which may prejudice the honour or reputation of the creator.

How does copyright arise?

In Canada, copyright arises as soon as the work is created. Registration of your copyright is optional but strongly recommended. A certificate of registration is proof that copyright applies to the work and you are the registered owner of such copyright.

What is the term of copyright protection?

The general term for which copyright subsists in most works is for the life of the author plus fifty years after the calendar year in which the author dies. You should place a copyright notice on your work identifying your name, the copyright symbol (©), and the date of first publication (e.g. Copyright © 2019, John Smith).

For further details or advice regarding copyright, please contact us or fill out the e-form below.


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