Canada has a reciprocal copyright agreement with the US, a similar definition of 'fair use' (as was discussed on another thread) and both the US and Canada are members of the Berne Convention, which further provides for international, reciprocal copyright protection.
Whoever is making the copies is in violation of the copyright.
Whoever is advertising them and whoever is selling them is in violation as well...everyone involved.
John's ownership of the copyright exists whether he's ever completed the filing of the paperwork or not, unless he's signed it over to someone else.
If he can prove the work is his, which he obviously can, he should contact his local FBI field office ASAP and report the crime. This IS a criminal matter. The FBI has an Intellectual Propety Program, a section of the Financial Institution Fraud Unit, that goes after this stuff.
He should also register the work immediately with the copyright office, if he's not already done so. It's just filling out some simple paperwork.
Then, he should contact an attorney.
Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 25 November 2012 - 04:50 AM.