What are the advantages to registering an artistic work with Canadian Intellectual Property Office? Copyright in a work exists automatically when an original work is created. Registering an artistic work is not a mandatory procedure for a work to be protected by copyright. However, a certificate of registration with the CIPO is evidence that your creation is protected by copyright and that you, the person registered, are the presumed owner. It can be used in court as evidence of ownership. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is a special Operating Agency associated with Industry Canada. Their offices are responsible for.