Ten key points on Copyright

  1. Copyright is a type of intellectual property that safeguards unique works of invention as soon as an author expresses the work in a tangible or noticeable form that can be perceived by any of the senses.
  1. In copyright law, there are several types of works, such as paintings, photographs, illustrations, musical compositions, sound recordings, computer programs, books, poems, blog posts, movies, architectural works, plays etc
  2. Only products of your original effort, expressed with some degree of creativity, without copying from another source are protected as your intellectual property.
  3. Always keep in mind that copyright protects expression (manifested effort), and NEVER ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts, principles, or discoveries unless expressed uniquely.
  4. Copyright is NOT the same as patent, which protects inventions and discoveries, while a trademark protects words , phrases or designs identifying the source of goods and services
  5. Once you create an original work and fix it, like taking a photograph, an architectural design, play, writing a poem or blog, or recording a new song, you are the author and the owner
  6. Once you or your company employs a person to produce a song or design, blog post, a unique product, you become the copyright owner or joint copyright owner
  7. A created work is thus considered protected as soon as it exists, and a public register of copyright-protected works is not necessary
  8. The ideas in the work do not need to be original, but the form of expression must be an original creation by the author
  9. Your family and estate can enjoy the economic benefit of copyright, seventy years after you pass on and you can devise the post mortem financial benefits of you copyright through a will.