What is Copyright ?
Copyright is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their literary, artistic, musical, dramatic and sound recording works.
Works covered by copyright range from books, music, paintings, sculpture, and films, to computer programs, databases, advertisements, maps, and technical drawings.
REDUCED TO MATERIAL FORM
-Sufficient effort has been expected to make the work original in character;
-the work has been written down, recorded or reduced to a material form;
-the author is a qualified person or the work is made in Berne Convention countries or the work is first published in Berne Convention countries
Copyright Protection Criteria
A work that is eligible is protected automatically upon fulfilment of the following conditions:-
Copyright Protection Procedure
Automatic Protection – Under the Berne Convention an author’s work is given automatic copyright protection on its creation. There are no formalities to register a copyright.
Statutory Declaration – In common law jurisdictions, it is possible to formalize copyright protection by way of Statutory Declarations
Copyright Recordation – In some countries, it is possible to do copyright recordation with national copyright offices.
© symbol – As protection of copyright is automatic, it is advisable to use the © symbol to notify the general public about ownership of a copyright work.
The Scope of Copyright Protection
Generally, owners of copyright works have the exclusive rights to control:
The Duration of Copyright Protection
The Berne Convention stipulates that the duration of the term for copyright protection is the life of the author plus at least 50 years after his death. For some categories of works, the minimum duration is shorter. For example, the minimum term for applied art is 25 years. Movies have a minimum term of 50 years. Countries are of course free to choose a longer term of protection. Most countries have done so. Worldwide map of copyright term length is attached