Principal Issues: 1- Will the granting of the Option by the production company (Prodco), a qualified corporation, to a related company (Master Distributor), a prescribed taxable Canadian corporation, cause the 25-year copyright ownership requirement not to be met? 2- Will the exercise of the Option by Master Distributor cause the 25-year copyright ownership requirement not to be met? 3- Upon the exercise of the Option by Master Distributor, will the production be a Class 10(x) property to Master Distributor?
Position: 1 & 2 No. 3 Yes, provided the production does not subsequently become an excluded production (i.e. the 25-year copyright ownership requirement continues to be met) and the production meets the other requirements of a Canadian film or video production under subsection 1106(4) of the Regulations.
Reasons: 1 & 2 Clause 1106(1)(a)(iii)(A) of the definition of "excluded production" in the Regulations contemplates a transfer of the copyright between a qualified corporation and a related prescribed taxable Canadian corporation. 3 Wording of provisions (including subsection 1101(5k.1) of the Regulations which contemplates a transfer of the production between a qualified corporation and a related corporation).