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Copyright is an enforceable Right granted by law that grants the creator of an original work (such as an Author, photographer or composer) proprietary rights over its use, and moral Rights such as attribution.

Copyright protection lasts for a limited time, Although sometimes copyright may be extended on application.

The purpose of copyright is To recognise and reward the creators’ works by allowing them to gain profit and Benefit.A copyright owner has legal control Over reproduction, distribution, public performance, merchandising and Derivative works.

To be recognized as the creator For copyright purposes, the work must meet basic legal standards of Originality, to be demonstrated by evidence of 'skill, labour, and judgment' in creation.

Unlike a patent, which must Be registered, a creator has copyright as of right, but he may still need to Take steps to protect his position.An Author, for instance, will insist that his book states that he asserts his authorship And that copyright is attributed to him.

Provided the creation is in A “tangible form in a fixed medium” (such as a book, photograph, music score, Or CD), the copyright holder is entitled to enforce his or her exclusive Rights.

International standards are Maintained by the Berne Convention. In countries where the Berne Convention Applies, copyright is automatic, and need not be officially registration with Any government office.However, Registration is often advisable to enable effective enforcement.

Workers should be aware that Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 grants copyright of a creation To an employee if the work is produced by“an employee in the course of that employment”.

Copyrights are enforceable By high Court Writs such as injunctions and prohibitions.In some cases there may even be criminal Proceedings for copyright infringement if, say, fraud or counterfeiting is Involved.

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