Copyright Law, Publishing, and Option Agreements – League of Canadian Poets

Wednesday June 29, 2022

2:00 PM ET


League of Canadian Poets

Established in 1966, the League of Canadian Poets is a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting poets, building poetic communities, supporting inclusive and equitable free expression, and promoting Canadian poets and Poetry.

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LCP x Edwards Creative Law

Join lawyers Ian Harris and Michael Duboff from Edwards Creative Law, Canada’s entertainment law boutique, to learn about copyright law, publishing, and option agreements.

Copyright 101

What is copyright?
Do I need to register to get copyright protection?
Is my idea protected?
What is copyrightable?
What does copyright protection provide?
How long does copyright last?


Publishing agreements: What is it – a publisher agrees to publish and distribute your work
Co-author/collaboration agreements: What is it – two creators (often two writers, or a writer and an illustrator) agree to work together
Writer agreements: What is it – a writer is engaged by another party to write
Common contract terms: Fees/compensation – who is paying and who is receiving payment, and what are the fees, Contingent compensation – is there any potential for back-end compensation, such as royalties, or percentages of revenue from the exploitation of the work, Services – what is the party being engaged to do
In copyright law, it is not enough for the contract to simply say that the non-writer owns the work, it needs to vest in them

Option Agreements

Work through sample option agreement


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