One important knowledge every entertainment content creator needs to know is Copyright and other rights related to it. In this article, we are going to explore everything about copyright you should know. The term Copyright means the exclusive right enjoyed by the creator of original intellectual work, which prevents unauthorized use of such work by unauthorized persons.
The first right protected by copyright is Moral right. Such rights are those that protect the link that exists between the creator of a work and the work. This includes the right of the creator to claim paternity (ownership) of the work, the right to oppose modification or alteration of the work, the right to keep the work unpublished, and the right to remove the work from the market among other rights. This right is born immediately after an original work is created. This right belongs to the creator alone and it is not transferable or alienable.
The second right protected by copyright is the exploitation right, which is also known as a patrimonial or economic right. This simply means the right to exploit the creative work for economic rewards. Although this normally belongs to the creator of the work, unlike the moral right, it can be waived or transferred to other parties. Transfer can be done through a contract, for instance, or in the case of an employee working for a paycheck.
Another point worthy of note is, copyright protection starts immediately after an original work is created. However, to add another layer to its authenticity there is a need to secure copyright through registration at the copyright office. Examples of works that are eligible for copyright are the following; literary works, artistic works, musical works, films, sound recording among others.
The laws that guide copyright vary from country to country, but there are certain international agreements in place that protect copyrighted works (in tangible form) worldwide, one of such agreements is the Barne Convention.
You need to also know that copyrighted works are protected only for a limited time. The time duration differs depending on the country but generally between when the work is created and 50-100 years after the death of the creator of such work. After this time the work will be transferred to the public domain and third parties can use it without authorization from the copyright owner.
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