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How can I protect my music from being ripped off?

Last reviewed in December 2018 by the Clicklaw Editors

In general, original songwriters and musicians have the right of copyright to their music, recordings and lyrics. In other words, they have the right to control copying of their work. The resources below outline how copyright works and how you can protect the copyright of your music.

Good starting points include:

  • A Guide to Copyright, from Canadian Intellectual Property Office, explains what copyright is and how to apply for copyright.
  • Music Law: Copyright & Trademarks, from People's Law School, discusses the ownership of music and lyrics, how copyright laws apply to music, and where to find more information.

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