Careers in Culture – Careers in Film and Broadcasting

> Copyright: do you own your art?

Protecting your copyright – your ownership of the film, broadcast or video you create or produce – has become increasingly important and complex. Negotiating agreements between creators and producers has become less clear-cut, where both parties may attempt to retain all but specified rights or licenses, or some artists may wish to negotiate a license for each specific use. New media and technologies (such as iPODs and websites filled with user-generated content) have made the digital distribution of copyrighted material much easier but the protection of your copyright immeasurably harder. In addition, Canada's copyright legislation is under review, and international negotiations on copyright issues are ongoing, creating an uncertain climate for creators and producers alike.

Film and broadcasting organizations and professional associations are important sources for up-to-date information on copyright protection, negotiations and legislation.

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