This is the notice sent to her, clearly laying out all the relevant sections of the Copyright Act and
clearly showing her that I am immediately entitled to all works of art created from my image and
entitled to all profits of any copies she has sold. She was quite willing to sell another copy of
this for $900 to a colleague of mine.
"The Copyright Act, through copyrights, gives the owner of the property the right to produce,
reproduce, perform, publish, and be paid for any part of the work (Intellectual Property Institute
of Canada, 2004b; Canadian Council of Ministers of Education, 2005). Basically, copyright is the
right to copy, and to transfer that right to others by giving permission. The owner can do this
through different legal forms such as direct permission or copyright collective agencies (Canadian
Council of Ministers of Education, 2005). Furthermore, the author of the work is the first owner
of the rights, lasting 50 years past his or her death (Department of Justice Canada, 2004).
Interestingly, formal registration is not required to copyright one’s work in Canada, as newly
created work, like this paper, is automatically protected once it is in a fixed form. This
automatic process, as stated under the Canadian Copyright Act, only applies to Canadian citizens,
a citizen of a country with which Canada has a reciprocal copyright treaty, or if the works
were first published in Canada (Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, 2004b)."