What is Copyright?
Copyright maybe defined as a form of intellectual property which protects the rights of authors and creators of literary and artistic works. It refers to the main act in which, in respect of literary and artistic creation, may be made only by the author or with his authorization. Works are protected by the sole fact of their creation, irrespective of their mode or form of expression, as well as their content, quality and purpose.
What Types of Rights does Copyright Provide?
a. Economic Rights: refer to the rights of the author or copyright owner to derive financial reward from the use of his works by others.
b. Moral Rights: refer to the rights of the author to claim authorship of the work (Right of Paternity) and the right to restrain the use of his name with respect to any work not of his own creation or a distorted version of his work.
What is Covered by Copyright?
Copyright covers literary and artistic works, which is understood to include every original work of authorship regardless of artistic or literary merit.
Works covered by copyright include but are not limited to literary works such as novels, poems and plays; newspaper articles; films and television programs; letters; artistic works including paintings, sculptures, drawing and photographs; architecture; computer programs; and advertisements, maps and technical drawings.
How Long Does Copyright Subsist?
In general, the term of protection of works under copyright covers the lifetime of the author and fifty (50) years after his death.
“Unpublished work” for purposes of registration means that the work has not been disseminated to the public at the time of registration.
If the claimant is not the author, a document supporting the claim such as a deed of assignment or a waiver of copyright ownership;
If the applicant is a proprietor or a corporation, a photocopy of the certificate of business name or SEC certificate (whichever is applicable) should be attached to the application.
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