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Wendell
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Registered survey plans — mapped designs filed with government that outline boundaries of property — are copyrighted by the Crown, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday. The government can hand out and charge for copies, and no money goes back to the surveyors who created the plans.

The questions in this case were about who owns copyright when the government publishes material created by an independent contractor. Land surveys are private creative works that are usually commissioned and paid for by members of the public, but must be filed with government in order to have any legal effect. The issue in court came down to what happens when someone wants a copy.

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MightyMoe
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1 billion dollars?

Didn't know copies of surveys would be worth that!!!!

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RADAR
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IKR?

Maybe we should start charging more...

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MightyMoe
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@dougie

Maybe I should get a good scanner.....

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A Harris
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All surveys in Canada need to be put on the country's payroll for producing the drawings.

Perhaps clients can push that Canada pays for all the surveys that surveyors make that produce a drawing.

Lots of options...................

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Jeran Hopfe
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Well that's kinda a crappy development.  In Saskatchewan we always paid ISC for our plans, then they were bought by a private company. There goes their business model...

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Nate The Surveyor
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What if we were PAID $100 (or 200) for every recorded plat? And, this money went into the STATE society of land surveyors, with a percentage going to a retirement fund, and a percentage going to fund the local society, and continuing education?

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