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Copyright

Copyright is a property right that protects the creation of original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work, the layout of published editions of such works, software and web content, databases, film and television recordings and broadcasts.

In most countries, copyright comes into existence automatically without any registration formalities. You can mark your work with the copyright symbol ©, your name and the year of creation as a warning to others of your ownership. Copyright generally lasts a minimum of life of the author plus 50 years for most types of written, dramatic and artistic works.  The term can vary for other works. Copyright can be assigned.

Copyright provides protection only against copying and not against a third party who independently comes up with a similar work. You should keep a record of when and how you created a work, not only to protect your own rights, but to guard against objections from other people who have their own copyright.

We can advise on the scope of copyright you have in a work, the length of term of the protection or whether the work you have created may infringe third party rights. Working with carefully chosen Attorneys around the world, we can advise on how you may need to protect copyright in other countries.

BASIC FACTS

  • You do not need to register copyright

  • Copyright protects literary, musical and artistic works, software and databases amongst other things

  • For written works, copyright lasts a minimum of life of the author plus 50 years

  • Mark your work with the © symbol, your name and the year of creation