I am glad to announce (in case you haven’t heard) that as of today, Canadian photographers are finally the copyright holders of the work they produce under contract.
You Americans are thinking “What? You didn’t actually own the copyright to the images you created?” It’s true.
We Canadians have been fighting for that change to the Copyright act for 20 odd years, and it finally became official this morning. I’m sure you can read about it in detail on the CAPIC website or pull up a digital version of the Copyright act online.
As a Canuck myself, I’m very glad to see this correction finally come to fruition. Now we just have to educate all the new customers so that we don’t have to deal with silly things like going to court to argue for the rights to our work.
Here is an excerpt from the post on the CAPIC site. Please go there to read the entire thing.
A Great Victory For Canadian Photographers
A GREAT VICTORY FOR CANADIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS
OTTAWA, November 7, 2012: At last, Canadian photographers own their copyright.
The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC) would like to congratulate all Canadian photographers in Canada on this important date and pivotal achievement in the photographic industry. As of today, Canadian photographers now officially own the copyright to all of their work whether the photograph is commissioned or not, thanks to the new Copyright law.
The principle of protecting photographers’ ownership rights started 65 years ago by Henri Cartier-Bresson, who founded Magnum with Robert Capa and David Seymour. Magnum assured that a photographer’s image belonged to the photographer and not to the commissioner of the work.
The CAPIC site.