Copywrite, an Explanation of What Copywrite Is

Copyright is a term that identifies ownership and exclusive rights to articles of work for various media content types like text, audio clips, photographs, videos, computer code, paintings, sculptures, dramatic plays or other artistic creation, so long as content is authentic.  Copyright protects authenticators of content wishes for proper use of content.  As an authenticator of content the use of Copyright's trademark "(c)" is acceptable at any time, however; to officially retain ownership of content one must register it for copyright protection

Registering for Copywrite Protection

Registering for Copyright protection will differ jurisdiction to jurisdiction, so check your region for specific instructions and sources for assistance.  In Canada conditions and law for protection of original creative works is outlined by Canada's Copyright's Act; which in simplest terms defines "copyright" as the right to copy.  Protecting the right to copy content, protect it from replication in whole or part for purposes of redistribution or use in other forms of creative content.  

Use of Copyright Protected Content

Use of Copyright content requires ethical and responsible code of conduct, and the first priority is to respect the authentic artist of the content.  The best way to use copyright content is to obtain permission from its owner, however; the same Copyright Act that protect the right to copy content also sanctions the use, copy and possession of protected content for "Fair Use" conditions, where content is used in ethical manors for purposes outside of marketing or promotional purposes and the obvious false claim to ownership or slander of proper owner.  A fantastic examples of sanctioned use are; educational purposes; personal scrapbooking, product reviews, blog comments, etcetera.

Again the key and priority is to respect the authentic artist; which translate to respecting any wishes or request the have put forth towards use of their content and always cite the authentic owner in use and replication of content.

A Proper Method for Citing Authors 

Citing is the practice of identifying where information being used was sourced.  A proper citation should recognize the author, the content and the sourcing location of the content. 

For example:

Jane Doe, "Thirty percent of students do not cite information", sourced from url:

Copyright Registration

In Canada Copyright registration is managed by the Canadian Intellectual Properties Office, the same office to register trademarks, patents and industrial designs.   Copyright registration should not be confused with the other registration models.  Copyright is for the protection of original work; Patents are for inventions, Trademarks are for distinguishable content, and industrial designs are for process configurations (order of operations for various patent protected components). 

Filing for Copyright is very straight forward, proceed to URL for Canada Intellectual Properties Office, navigate to e-filling application, complete form and submit payment for fees.  Its also recommended practice to locate and review any resources on fees and application instruction made available by the Canadian Intellectual Properties Office.


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