When does copyright transfer to the Crown under the Copyright Act? The Supreme Court clarified this in a landmark ruling released earlier today in Keatley Surveying Ltd. v. Teranet Inc., 2019 SCC 43, authoritatively interpreting Section 12 of the Act.
On June 3, 2019, Parliament's Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology released its Statutory Review of the Copyright Act. Section 92 of the Copyright Act mandates that the Act must be reviewed every five years by a parliamentary committee, and this Statutory Review was the first comprehensive review conducted since the overhaul of Canada's copyright legislation in 2012 with the adoption of the Copyright Modernization Act.
In order to protect their ownership of copyright, organisations whose works might be published by the government should obtain any necessary assignments or waivers, since the Crown copyright regime does not apply if there is a private arrangement with the work’s author.
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