Canadian Photographers Now Own the Rights to Their ImagesA new copyright bill just passed in Canada, and it means big things for photographers. Essentially, the bill grants photographers the rights to the photos they take, even if that work is commissioned by someone else. It's the same setup as in the US. Photographers own the work unless they've signed over the rights in a contract.
The change in copyrights has taken quite a bit of time - around 20 years. What's strange is that while other creative industries enjoyed the copyrights to what they created, photography was singled out. "In Canada," says Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators copyright head Andre Cornellier, "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."