The different classes of copyright
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14 April 2011
There are various different aspects of
copyright and these aspects are divided up into different classes,
these classes depend on the type of material concerned as can be seen
Text and Words is the first class of
copyright, this is defined as anything that is written, spoken or sung.
Examples of things that are included in this section are: books and
magazines, directions for a play, words of a song or poem and letters
as well as many other things.
Performance is the second class of
copyright; performances are sometimes very valuable and so are
cautiously protected. This class defines that performers have rights in
what they perform.
The next class is databases, the
definition of a database is 'a collection of works, data or other
materials which are arranged in a systematic or methodical way and are
individually accessible by electronic or other means'. This includes
such things as lists of products, price lists, and directories etc.
Films, this is probably the most obvious
class of copyright that anyone would know. The film must consist of a
series of images from which a moving image can be produced.
Sound recordings, this class is another
obvious one, it includes anything which can carry a sound this includes
CDs, DVDs and tapes.
Industrial drawings, this is drawings made
by people in the manufacturing industry in order to make products,
these drawings are normally of machinery.
Artistic works, this class includes things
such as maps, buildings, company logos, pictures, drawings and many
The final class is computer programs, this
class is simple and it applies to computer programs that are in
electronic form and it also applies even if it is just written down on
By Krystal Ramsammy - Lawdit
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2011-04-29 21:45:20 in Legal Articles