Every company across the globe desire to claim a place at the forefront of innovation. A good franchise lawyer Toronto will tell you that your company is at high risk of exposure to patent and copyright infringement, especially if it is a leader in innovation. Most companies think they have an automatic copyright coverage when they really don’t. Here are ways to protect your copyright as a company.
Mark your work properly
Trademark Canada requires both small and large businesses to mark their work appropriately in order to avoid unending legal battles related to copyright infringement. A strongly and correctly worded notice will scare away infringers. According to Canadian business law, every individual has the right of ownership of his works. He or she can decide who to give away the copyrights to without any legal consultation. This also means that one is allowed to take a serious legal action against someone who used his work without permission and demand compensation for the trouble.
Register your work with the relevant authorities
It is not mandatory to register your work with a Canadian copyright office. However, it is considered a boost by those who have registered. A copyright office will help you to argue the infringement case in court. Some infringement cases may be difficult to handle, especially if the infringers are law firms. You may find yourself in a compromising situation and end up paying for damaging the reputation of the defendant. A copyright office will help you to acquire concrete evidence that provides proof of the date, the content and the time of infringement. They ensure that the evidence is available when you need it. They may also offer additional protection by constantly monitoring your works to ensure nobody plagiarizes them.
Keep and register all the supporting evidence
You also need to do your part in copyright protection. You need to keep all the items you think can provide a strong evidence in case you take a legal action against the infringer. The supporting evidence may include evolution ideas or footprints and watermarking. Evolution ideas refers to the progression of the work. This include early drafts, synopsis, rough recordings, sketches and any other item that shows the work progress over time. Footprints and watermarkings are evidence that are inserted into finished documents to identity the creator. They may include deliberate mistakes or hidden data.
Make an agreement if there is more than one author
Starting a Canadian franchise may require you to collaborate with others in order to succeed. This may result in joint projects. Be sure you know your position in a joint project. You should agree among yourselves on who will own the rights to the work and what happens when someone leaves. If you want to learn more, you may be interested in checking out the resources at Hoffer Adler.