Copyright Office : copyright indexes
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- Canada. Canadian Intellectual Property Office.
- Copyright Office : copyright indexes
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- Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
A branch of the Department of Agriculture, the Copyright and Trade-Mark Branch of the Canadian federal government was established to enforce the Copyright Act intended to protect the rights of the author and the first owner of copyright. Directed by the Registrar of Copyrights, the Copyright Office was the federal agency responsible for the function of registering copyrights in Canada. A copyright is defined as an original work of artistic, literary, dramatic, or musical design. It must not be copied and must involve some intellectual effort. The main functions of the Copyright Office was: registering copyrights; recording the details which were provided, and giving a certificate attesting to this fact; maintaining records of all registrations and other pertinent documents for public use. Particulars of a copyright work and its owner, as well as assignments and licences, may now be registered at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, which is associated with Industry Canada.
This collection consists of indexes to the names of those who filed for registration of copyright, and a series of title indexes which are arranged according to the nature of the work in which the copyright was registered, for example, literary, dramatic, musical and artistic. For the period prior to April 1938, only nominal indexes are available.