What type of creative work does copyright protect?

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Categories of works of authorship can include but are not limited to; Literary, Dramatic (including accompanying music) and Musical (including accompanying words or lyrics), Choreographic (including Pantomimes), Pictorial, Graphic, Sculptural, Computer Programs, Motion Pictures, Audiovisual and Sound recordings and Architectural works.   The subject matter of Copyright is generally described as an original creation of… Read more »

How long does copyright last?

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The duration of the protection depends on the type of copyright.   In case of ‘literary work’ Copyright lasts for the life span of the author and for sixty years after the author’s death.   The same principle applies to joint authorship (two or more), with the copyright lasting for the life span of the… Read more »

Is copyright protection worldwide?

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Most countries have acts of law relating to intellectual property and copyright issues with regard to their citizens rights. These countries are usually signatories to the numerous world treaties and agreements on copyright. Copyright laws are fairly similar worldwide. Many countries insist that for a work to be protected in their territories, there must be… Read more »

What is Copyright?

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Copyright is a legal right, given exclusively to the creator/originator (or assignee) to make further copies for publication and public performance.

What are the various international Treaties relating to the Copyright?

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There have been numerous international copyright conventions some of which include; Universal Copyright Convention at Geneva in 1952. Universal Copyright Convention as revised at Paris on 24th July 1971. Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, Paris Act of 24th July 1971 as amended on September 28th 1979. [Note: The first Berne… Read more »

What work should I protect?

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You should protect everything that you create and which you consider to be of value to you, or yours, now or in the future. If it is worth creating and if others would find it worthy of copying then it is worth protecting.

What is the benefit of protecting my work?

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Once your creation has been fixed in a tangible medium of expression the copyright on your work is protected by copyright law.   By registering your copyright you will have irrefutable proof of first ownership of your intellectual property.   This proof can be used in a court of law in alleged cases of copyright… Read more »

Can I transfer my copyright?

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Copyright can be ‘assigned’ (sold or given away) by the execution of a written document signed by the copyright owner. It is also possible for you to grant a copyright license, for a limited period of time, for specified forms of reproduction and merchandising, and in limited countries throughout the world. It can be for… Read more »