Canadian Supreme Court Deems Government Owns Copyright to Surveys
Lets see... my survey, my plat that I was required to file with the province. Now the province says it owns the copyright to my survey.
If me, I would publish online surveys that I filed for free and ask other surveyors to do same. I doubt the crown would say they nationalized my work products - or would they?
I don't understand why their government can't simply be satisfied that they have a law on the books requiring surveys become part of the public record. They demand a copyright on it too? Unless a government entity was my client for a particular survey I'd tell them to go pound sand.
The company paid the government $1 billion for a 50-year monopoly on registered land surveys...
Huh? What does this even mean? Are recorded surveys not available to anyone if they go down to wherever they're stored?
A distinction here is that the government is claiming copyright to the registered version of the survey. Presumably the surveyor retains copyright of the unregistered version and the data.
What does registered mean? Same as recorded?
Is it by statute a Torrens System? Or by custom and use?
Paul in PA