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What legalities do I need to consider when writing under a pen name in Canada?

What legalities do I need to consider when writing under a pen name in Canada? Topic: What is case real name
June 24, 2019 / By Azrael
Question: I have written using my real name, and the legalities of using a real name are rather simple. I use my real name for one genre, but I'd like to use a pen name for writing in another genre. All I can seem to find regarding legalities, copyrights, taxation, etc... deal predominantly with the USA but I'm Canadian so that doesn't really help me much especially when it regards taxes. I do know that, in Canada, if you use any other name but your personal, real, name for any sort of business you need to register it as a business and run it as such. Any 'business' run under a personal name (like that of a lawyer, artist, writer, doctor, etc) does not. This case seems to fall in the fuzzy middle.
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Wilfreda Wilfreda | 6 days ago
If you do business with a publisher in your real name, you simply ask them to distribute the publication under your pen name. I don't see any problem here. You're not "doing business" under a false name, you're simply not printing it on the publications being sold by others.
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Wilfreda Originally Answered: I am writing a personal memoir. Changed the cast of characters, but our last name is the crux. Legalities?
Well if it is a memoir, you should be fine as long as it was your experiences. As far as writing about deceased relatives that is not a memoir, but your recollection of them is, and even dealing with their death is, but you cannot mention or make stories about relatives that you have never met in a memoir. Are you a Kennedy? A Hatfield or McCoy? A Obama? in short someone famous, this is the only way that your book is going to sell or even get a contract. You expressed interest in self-publishing, meaning that you would probably just distribute it throughout the family, but if that's the case, what is the point in changing the names? The best type of Lawyer to help you with this would be an estate lawyer and if he can't help, look for a lawyer that specializes in free speech issues, they would be able to guide you in right direction.
Wilfreda Originally Answered: I am writing a personal memoir. Changed the cast of characters, but our last name is the crux. Legalities?
It's a sticky thing to write about people who are still living. Even in the case of a personal memoir, you can be liable for slander, libel, and other legal repercussions. It doesn't matter if it's all true or not-- do you have the money to defend yourself in court? You may want to consider changing all the names in the story, and STILL see a good lawyer.

Sharlene Sharlene
One thing I'm pretty sure of is that no matter what name you write under, you'll be paying taxes. It's still you. In the US, you can keep your real name secret, but here is what it says about registering a copyright under a pseudonym: "In no case should you omit the name of the copyright claimant. You can use a pseudonym for the claimant name. But be aware that if a copyright is held under a fictitious name, business dealings involving the copyrighted property may raise questions about its ownership." The thing is, if you are a published author, your publishing house will take care of this for you.
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Owena Owena
As long as all your contracts, copyrights etc. etc. are under your real name, there's no issue. If you want to register your copyright under your pen name, you will have to obtain a fictitious business name (aka a "DBA" or "Doing Business As"). These are cheap and simple to obtain in most provinces.
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Owena Originally Answered: Is Canada's "Human Rights Commission" complicit in instituting sharia law in Canada?
Freedom of speech is exponentially more important than the archaic enforcement of Sharia Law. I think that politically correct, multiculturalists forget that Canada is a liberal-democracy and that religious law has no priority over the liberal Rule of Law. As a Canadian I am disappointed with such blind support for the freedom to practice such religious doctrine which is in violation of women's rights and human rights.

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