Copyright refers to a set of very specific rules that regulate how others can use the expression of an idea or particular information. In a very basis way, if you turn the word around you will see that copyright is the “right to copy” an original piece of work of another person’s creation.
Copyright is usually limited to a particular duration. Copyright is a form of protection for authors of what is known as “original works of authorship” which includes such things as dramatic works of art, literary works of art, artistic, musical, and other avenues of intellectual expression.
Copyright therefore pertains to such things as songs, stories, books, plays, paintings and the list goes on. Copyright protection is not just available for published pieces of work but to unpublished ones as well.
The Copyright Act of 1976 allows the copyright holder to do certain things with the exclusive rights that belong to them. The act makes it permissible for other individuals to:
When does copyright begin and who can claim it?
Copyright is often misunderstood. The copyright of a work belongs to the creator of the work and it begins as soon as the work is created. Contrary to popular belief it is not necessary to register a piece of work at the U.S. Copyright Office for it to be copyrighted protected. Instead it is automatically copyrighted simply because it came into being. However for extra protection it is wise to apply for copyright protection in the United States but there are certain criteria that must be met first. Also contrary to popular belief it is not necessary to include the copyright symbol (c) or(C) with a piece of work in order to secure copyright.
What works can be copyright protected?
Works that are capable of being copyright protected include:
On the other hand ideas per se cannot be copyrighted as many people have taken the same idea or concept and turned it into a story, a book, a play, a piece of music, etc.
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