Calgary Copyright Lawyer
What Copyright Law Services does Stemp & Company Offer?
The copyright lawyers at Stemp & Company can help with a variety of copyright law services. Our team is experienced and knowledgeable in helping prepare and file copyright applications. If you need a copyright filed our lawyers are ready to help you at any step of the process you may be in and file it for you. In addition to our filing and preparation services we also offer copyright law consultations, assign and transfer copyrights and help those who are victims of copyright infringement. To learn more about our copyright law services and how we can help you please contact our team.
What is a copyright?
A copyright protects artistic creation, photographs, sculptures, computer software, architectural drawings, and similar items.
How does a copyright protect my ideas?
A copyright allows you to control who is able to use your creation. This is done by means of licensing your creation to someone else, subject to the terms of a licensing agreement.
How long does the process of completing a copyright take?
Usually about three months.
What can I do if someone infringes on my copyright?
According to the Federal Government in Canada, there are several ways a copyright holder can seek compensation for infringement of his or her copyright. One way is to sue the individual, asking the courts to award monetary compensation for each work where an infringement occurred. The pre-established damages used in civil litigation are called statutory damages. Currently, the courts may award penalties of $500 to $20,000 per infringement, regardless of whether it was for commercial or non-commercial purposes. For example, someone who downloads five songs illegally could face penalties ranging from $2,500 to a maximum of $100,000, and this could be higher still, depending on the number of copyright holders per song.