Canadian Photographers Own Their Copyright

A Great Victory for Canadian Photographers.

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 Capa 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 or contact Brian Boyle HLM, MPA, SPA, FPPO, PPOC Copyright Chair at 416-586-5651 or