Canadian Copyright Office – Information from its Chief

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is a Special Operating Agency of Industry Canada.  Industry Canada is responsible for the administration of intellectual property in Canada.  The Copyright Office is part of CIPO.  Below is an interview with newly appointed Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trademarks and Chief Executive Officer of CIPO, Sylvain Laporte.

  1. How many copyright registration certificates are issued in Canada each year?

(Note that the fiscal year end of CIPO is March 31.  The figures below and reported throughout this interview reflect this year end.  For example, 2000-2001 reflects the period from April 1, 2000 to March 31, 2001.)

Statistics for the past few years are the following.  In 2008-2009, 8,269 copyright certificates were issued;  in 2009-2010, 9,021 copyright certificates were issued; and in 2010-2011, 8,824 copyright certificates were issued.  Read entire interview.

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