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Huge, historic day for all Canadian Photographers!
Tim Snow, Photographer
Montreal | Qc | Canada | Posted: 3:30 PM on 11.07.12
->> Many of you south of the border (and some to the north...) may not know this, but due to Canadian copyright laws, it was never the photographer who owned copyright over their work; it belonged to the client who commissioned the photographs.
Finally, the Canadian government passed a law today stating that the photographer, the image creator, now owns the copyright over the work that they create!

From the CAPIC website:
"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.

In Canada, all other artists have already owned the copyrights to their work and thanks to this new law, Canadian photographers, albeit the last in the industrialized world, now have all legal rights to their images.

CAPIC has been working towards this monumental achievement in Canada for more than 20 years through lobbying efforts and could not have achieved this truly important mission without the support of its members, who have contributed financially, morally and offered countless volunteer hours towards this major effort led by CAPIC National Copyright Chair, Andre Cornellier.

The Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) were a valuable partner in this achievement as well as the lobbying firm Temple Scott Associates for their work in Ottawa.

''I would like to thank the team that worked so patiently and for so long,'' commented Cornellier. ''Finally we have won a right due to us as artists. Thank you to Canadian photographers across the country for your support and patience and to André Amyot and Brian Boyle of PPOC for your work. It has been worth it.''

CAPIC will be providing more information on the direct effects of the law for Canadian photographers in the week to come as we celebrate this important Canadian achievement."
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Garrett Hubbard, Photographer
Washington | D.C. | USA | Posted: 3:42 PM on 11.07.12
->> That is big news. Up until now, I've never considered Canada a place I could make my living in the visual arts because of their © laws.

Congratulations to all the Canadian Photographers.
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Lyle Aspinall, Photographer
Calgary | AB | Canada | Posted: 8:15 PM on 11.07.12
->> How does this affect staffers at publications? In other words, does this mean a newspaper staff photographer now owns the photos he shoots while on shift? I can't imagine the companies owning the papers would take this lying down.
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Tim Snow, Photographer
Montreal | Qc | Canada | Posted: 10:25 PM on 11.07.12
->> Lyle, it all depends on the agreement you signed when you started stringing or became a staffer I suppose. Also, I don't know the full details as they are still coming out, but there will probably be a difference between being a salaried staff photographer vs. a work for hire situation.
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Bryon Johnson, Photographer
Brampton (Toronto area) | ON | Canada | Posted: 9:19 PM on 11.08.12
->> Actually, the law passed Parliament and received Royal Assent in late June, it just took the government until yesterday (November 7th) to actually enact it, or proclaim it in force.

Lyle, as Tim has mentioned, if you're a staffer, the paper will own the copyright - it's a work for hire arrangement, and the writers on staff have the same deal. If you work at a publication as a freelancer, or stringer, it will depend on the agreement or contract you signed with the publication when you first started working for them. If there's no agreement in place, then the rights to the images created from now on are more than likely yours.
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