Changes to Canadian Copyright Law

Changes to Canadian Copyright Law

OTTAWA, November 7, 2012: At last, Canadian photographers own their copyright.

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.

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 the photographer and not to the commissioner of the work.

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.

CAPIC has been working towards this monumental achievement in Canada for more than 20 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 major effort led by CAPIC National Copyright Chair, Andre Cornellier.

The Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) were a valuable partner in this achievement as well as the lobbying firm Temple Scott Associates for their work in Ottawa.

”I would like to thank the team that worked so patiently and for so long,” commented Cornellier. ”Finally we have won a right due to us as artists. Thank you to Canadian photographers across the country for your support and patience and to André Amyot and Brian Boyle of PPOC for your work. It has been worth it.”

CAPIC will be providing more information on the direct effects of the law for Canadian photographers in the week to come as we celebrate this important Canadian achievement.

For more information:
André Cornellier
Copyright Chair
CAPIC, The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators

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UK Man Questioned by Police After Cell Phone Photo of Daughter in Mall

Last Friday, 45-year-old Chris White was at the Braehead shopping center near Glasgow, when he took a snapshot of his daughter Hazel eating some ice cream. He was then confronted by security guards — and later the police — who cited the Prevention of Terrorism Act to explain that it was in their rights to confiscate his phone.  Read More…

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Man with camera in park who fled angry parent sought by police (turns out he was taking pix of his grandson)

“A woman in Potacello, Idaho spotted an “older white man” taking pictures of “children” at a park, so she ran up to him and screamed at him until he left, and then called the police, who duly issued an alert asking the public for information about this mysterious stranger. The local press picked it up.”  Read More…

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Plane Returned to Gate and Delayed 2.5 Hours After 3 Passengers Take Pictures

Last week a United Airlines flight out of Denver International Airport was returned to the gate after being ready for takeoff when a passenger noticed “suspicious behavior” and notified a flight attendant.   Read more…

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Thanks to all who went out and shot publically on Sept.11

Thanks to all who went out in public and shot images on Saturday the 11th. We hope nobody was hassled because as photographers, it’s our right in most countries to shoot most anything in public.

You can see images that were posted to the Flicker group here and Facebook group here. We’ve also posted a few pics in the forum in the thread that inspired this celebration of our photography rights.

People should also feel free to post images they took right here in this blog if they want to.

Here’s one from the walk I did in Montreal.

Thanks again!

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The shoot is this Saturday September 11, 2010

Hi Everyone,

The months have flown by and the shoot is THIS Saturday, September 11, 2010.

Just to recap, in order to participate, all you have to do is go out on September 11 (in whatever city you live in) and take pictures of things in public. People, buildings, landmarks – It is your right to photograph these things in public in most countries.

Then please post your pics on your own blog if you have one AND in our Facebook group and Flickr group.

WHY are we even doing this? Because many photographers are being treated like criminals these days. Photographers in countries like the USA, Canada, England and other countries are being questioned, detained and in some cases even arrested (under the guise of national security) for merely taking photographs in public. It COULD happen to you, and that’s why we are doing this.

Thanks everyone!

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Photog Claims He Was Detained for Snapping Pics

Photographer Jerome Vorus writes on his blog that he was recently “detained for photography” by D.C. police after taking pictures of a traffic stop from a distance “far enough not to impede in any police investigation.” An officer asked him “for ‘security reasons’” why he was taking pictures and then asked him to produce identification. When Vorus asked if he was being detained, the officer, “after dancing around the question,” said he was free to go. But as that officer left, another approached, told Vorus he was being detained, and told him to put his camera away, according to the photog.

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Sun Photographer Arrested

Thanks to ‘s Matt K. for this story: Bystanders are shocked after a [Calgary] Sun photojournalist was arrested Friday as he was shooting pictures in the aftermath of a home invasion.  Read more…

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ProPublica Photographer: I Was Followed by BP Security and Then Detained by Police

Freelance photographer Lance Rosenfield was working on assignment for ProPublica in Texas City, Texas, last week, when a BP security guard began following him. Rosenfield was later detained by police after taking photos for two ProPublica stories. Read more…

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DHS Works Hand In Hand With BP Security And Local Police

“Lance Rosenfield, on assignment for PBS Frontline, was detained and interrogated (sic) by the Joint Terrorism Task force for photographing a Texas City highway sign in public.” Read More…

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