At Last, Canadian Photographers Own Their Copyright.

The Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) and 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.

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.

The principle of protecting photographers’ ownership rights started 65
years ago by Henri Cartier-Bresson, who founded Magnum with Robert
and David Seymour . Magnum
assured that a photographer’s image belonged to herself or himself and not
to the person or firm who commissioned the work.

PPOC and CAPIC have been working towards this monumental achievement in
Canada for more than 25 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 effort.

For more information please visit www.ppoc.ca or contact Brian Boyle HLM,
MPA, SPA, FPPO, PPOC Copyright Chair at 416-586-5651 or brianb@rom.on.ca

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