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A Legal Guide for WritersALIS A Legal Guide for Writerscopyright, writers, legal information, guide, ALIS publication, legal guide
Access Copyright: represents the reproduction rights of and distribute royalties to thousands of Canadian writers, visual artists and publishers. Access Copyright visual artists, authors, publishers, writers, collective society, union, protection, copyright, reproduction rights, royalties, fees,
ACTRA Maritimes ACTRA Maritimes film, television, actors, performance rights, collective society, performers, union
ACTRA National ACTRA National film, television, actors, performance rights, collective society, performers, union
ALO Resource Library: contains several links and handouts with legal information for artists - ALO is located in British Columbia ALO Resource Library free legal information, legal aid, society, non-profit, artists, resources, clinic
Art Market CanadaArt Market Canadacrowdfunding, funding, social capital, music, film, television, non-profit, projects, art, artists writing, publishing dramatic arts, visual arts, dance, film, video
Artisti - L'Union des Artistes Union des Artistes singers, French, recording arts, music, performing arts, artists, collective society, union
Artists' Legal Advice Services (ALAS): provides free summary legal advice to artists living in Ontario Artists Legal Advice Services Ontario, resources, workshops, legal aid clinics, legal information, free, artists, society, non-profit
Artists' Legal Outreach: offers resources, workshops and clinics where artists across BC can meet confidentially with an experienced lawyer. ExampleName of Website as you want it to appear British Columbia, resources, workshops, legal aid clinic, artists, society, legal information, free,
Artists' Legal Services Ottawa: a group of volunteer lawyers, artists and arts industry professionals dedicated to connecting Ottawa-area artists with the legal information and referrals to lawyers who can help address legal problems related to artists' professional practices. Artists' Legal Services Ottawa Ontario, resources, workshops, legal aid clinics, legal information, free, artists, society, non-profit,
Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective Inc. (CARCC): Through its licensing services, CARCC can help an artist to protect copyright and to benefit from it. Controlled by CARFAC. CARCC artists, copyright, licensing society, collective society, union, protection, visual arts, reproduction, licensing, fees,
Canadian Intellectual Property Office CIPO copyright, intellectual property, government, industrial designs, protection, trademarks, patents
Canadian Media FundCanadian Media Fundcrowdfunding, funding, social capital, music, film, television, non-profit, projects
Canadian Musical Rights Reproduction Agency (CMRRA): CMRRA issues licenses to users of the reproduction right in copyrighted music. Canadian Musical Rights Reproduction Agency music, songs, licensing, reproduction rights, musicians, collective society, licensing, musical rights, mechanical licensing, reproduction rights, music publisher, copyright
Canadian Private Copying Collective: an umbrella organization whose member collectives represent songwriters, recording artists, music publishers and record companies. The CPCC is the non-profit organization responsible for collecting and distributing private copying levies on behalf of its member collectives. CPCC songwriters, music, musicians, collective society, licensing, publishing, artists, recording artists, music publishers, record companies, member collective, fees, licensing
CARFAC National is the national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists. CARFAC visual arts, union, collective society, artists, Canada,
Clinique Juridique des Artistes de Montreal (CJAM): Montreal Legal Aid Clinic for artists Clinique Juridique des Artistes de Montreal legal information, free, legal aid clinic, Montreal, workshops, resources, artists, society, non-profit
Copyright and Fair Dealing: Information for Documentary Film Makers, by the Documentary Organization of Canada Fair Dealing and Copyright for Documentary Makers copyright, fair dealing, documentary, film, guidelines, Canada
Creators' Copyright Coalition: advocacy group Creators Copyright Coalition advocacy, copyright, artists, copyright reform
Crowdfunding in a Canadian Context Crowdfunding in Canada fundraising, tax, artists, resources, projects, funding, crowdfunding
Crowdfunding legal information (from ALSO): what legal issues arise from crowdfunding? Information on Crowfunding crowdfunding, legal information, artists, ALSO, legal issues
Directors Guild of Canada (National): national labour organization representing key creative personnel working in the film and television industry DGC National labour organization, society, union, film, television
Documentary Organization of Canada: The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) is the collective voice of independent documentary makers across Canada. DOC is the premiere organization for Canadian documentary advocacy, analyzing policy, conducting insightful research and speaking up at all levels of government to help Canadian documentary flourish. Documentary Organization of Canada Documentary, organization, independent, advocacy, group, society, research, professional development, resources, publications
Entertainment and Media Law Signal: Entertainment Law blog written by Bob Tarantino of Heenan Blaikie. Information & observation on the newest developments in entertainment & media law - Entertainment and Media Law Signal entertainment law, blog, media law, law blog, legal information, news, information, viewpoints
Guild of Canadian Film Composers Guild of Canadian Film Composers composers, film, collective society, information
How to find the right legal representation How to Find the Right Legal Representation legal information, guide, law, lawyer
Immigration and Citizenship Canada Immigration and Citizenship Canada immigration, visas, performing artists, film, television, temporary work visas
League of Canadian Poets: the professional organization for established and emerging Canadian poets. Poets.ca poets, writers, authors, professional association, union, collective society,
Legal Information on Contracts in Quebec (from CJAM) Contracts in Quebec law copyright, contracts, Quebec law, legal information, CJAM
Legal Information on Copyright and Employment Contracts (from CJAM) Copyright and Employment Contracts employment, contracts, copyright, legal information, CJAM, fees,
Legal Information on Licenses (from CJAM) Legal Information on Licenses film, television, licenses, legal information, music licenses, fees, copyright
Legal Information on Music Industry Labels and Publishers (from CJAM) Legal Information on Labels and Publishers musicians, songwriters, music labels, music publishers, legal information, CJAM, record labels, copyright, licensing, fees,
Legal Information on Music Publishing Agreements (from CJAM) Music Publishing Agreements musicians, music publishing, contracts, agreements, CJAM, legal information, fees,
Legal Information on US work visas (from CJAM) US Work Visas United States, work visas, visa, legal information, CJAM
Legal Information on what is the Creative Commons License (from CJAM) Creative Commons Licenses copyright, creative commons, Quebec, CJAM, legal information
Legal Line: A not-for-profit organization which offers legal information free of charge, Legal Line makes written information available about copyright, internet law, business law, bankruptcy and entertainment law (primarily music and the recorded media), among other topics. Legal Line legal information, free, copyright, intellectual property, law,
Music Industry Glossary SOCAN Music Industry Glossarylegal information, guide, music, glossary, vocabulary, index
Musicians' Rights Organization Canada (MROC): a collective that collects and distributes royalties for performers. Musicians Rights Organization Canada musicians rights, compensation, copyright, collective society, licensing, music publishing, performance rights, fees, songwriters, musicians, performers, vocalists
National Crowdfunding Association of CanadaNational Crowfunding Association of Canadacrowdfunding, funding, social capital, music, film, television, non-profit, projects
New Brunswick Small Claims Court: A Guide for Claimants, Defendants & Third Parties New Brunswick Small Claims Court Brochure legal information, court, law, New Brunswick, Small Claims Court, litigation, suing
Newfoundland Small Claims Court Newfoundland Small Claims Court Website legal information, court, law, Newfoundland, Small Claims Court, litigation, suing
Newfoundland Small Claims Court: Highlights of Procedures Newfoundland Small Claims Court Procedures legal information, court, law, Newfoundland, Small Claims Court, litigation, suing
Newfoundland Small Claims Court: Trials Newfoundland Small Claims Court Trials legal information, court, law, Newfoundland, Small Claims Court, litigation, suing, trials
Nova Scotia Small Claims Court Information Brochure NS Small Claims Court Brochure legal information, court, law, Nova Scotia, Small Claims Court, litigation, suing
Painter copyright toolkit (created by ALO BC) Painter Copyright Toolkit painters, legal information, copyright, visual arts
PEI Small Claims Court PEI Small Claims Court legal information, court, law, PEI, Prince Edward Island, Small Claims Court, litigation, suing, trials
Photography copyright toolkit (created by ALO BC) Photography Copyright Toolkit photographers, legal information, copyright, visual arts
Professional Writers Association of Canada Professional Writers Association of Canada collective society, union, fees, licensing, copyright, legislative reform, writers, authors, networking, industry standards
Public Lending Right Commission: Compensating authors for the free public access to their works. This public program provides payments for Canadian authors when their books are in libraries. Public Lending Right Commission authors, writers, Canada, library, payments, fees, collective society
Re:Sound: Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for artists and record companies for their performance rights. Re:Sound music licensing, songs, copyright, fees, musical rights, recording artists, musicians, compensation, fees, performance rights
SOCAN: This organization licenses the use of its members' music in Canada. As the copyright collective for the public performance of musical works, it administers the performing rights of members (composers, lyricists, songwriters and their publishers) and those of affiliated international societies. SOCAN composers, lyricists, songwriters, singers, musicians, music, performance rights, public performance, licensing, copyright collective, music publishing, international societies
Social Media legal information (from ALSO): artists and social media - what should you know? Information on Social Media social media, legal information, artists, ALSO, legal issues
Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD) SACD writers, authors, guild, union, collective society, screen-writers, international, French
SoKap - Social Capital website about crowdfundingSoKapcrowdfunding, funding, social capital, music, film, television, non-profit, projects
Starting Your Own Record Label and/or Publishing Company Starting your own Record Label or Publishing Company Music, music publishing, record label, business, start up, publishing company
The Copyright ActJustice Laws Websitecopyright, law, writers, film, television, art,
The Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composer and Publishers in Canada Inc. SODRAC authors, publishers, composers, writers, reproduction rights, collective society
Visual Artists’ Legal Clinic of Ontario (VALCO): admin istered by CARFAC Ontario, provides summary advice to artists about their legal rights and responsibilities. Exclusively for CARFAC Ontario members. VALCO visual arts, union, collective society, artists, legal aid, legal aid clinics, free legal information,
Writer's Guild of Canada Writers Guild of Canada writers, authors, guild, union, collective society, screen-writers,
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