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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.