Interesting note about copyright in Canada (and the US, wording is different). I didn’t know this before – I automatically assumed that the creator of a work was the first owner of the work. However, this is different when the work is a “work made for hire”. Here is the relevent tidbit.
Section 13(2) of the Canadian Copyright Act states that the copyright owner is the one who commissions and pays for the �engraving, photograph or portrait. In other words, provided a client or buyer commissions the production of a photograph and pays for such a work, the client/buyer automatically holds the copyright on the photograph and/or �engraving – not the photographer or person who created the �engraving – unless the buyer and photographer/creator have an agreement to the contrary.
So. If you hire a photographer, unless you sign an agreement to the contrary, you automatically own the copyright on the photos taken as soon as you fnish paying for them.