When does my work attracted copyright protection and what are my rights
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26 June 2009
Copyright in a work can be instant provided that it is an
original - literary, musical, artistic, dramatic, film, broadcast, and the
typographical arrangements of published editions.
The position over in the US is that one must register their work
for copyright protection. If you are an employee and you create a work which can
attract copyright then unless there is an agreement to the contrary, the
copyright owner will be the employer not the employee. If there is an agreement
to the contrary vesting ownership with the employee then of course the owner of
the copyright will be the employee.
Once you have established that you own the copyright in a work
there are a number of rights that the owner will have in respect of that work;
To copy the work
Issue those copies to the public
Rent or lend the work to the public
To perform the work to the public
Communicate the work to the public
Make an adaptation of the work.
By Paul Bicknell (email@example.com) assistant to
Izaz Ali (firstname.lastname@example.org) Izaz Ali is a commercial lawyer who specialises
in information technology law and intellectual property law with an emphasis on
IT, escrow and buying and selling online businesses.
About the Author
Lawdit Solicitors offer services and
advice for litigation, commercial contracts, Intellectual Property and IT legal
agreements. We are experts in commercial law with a heavy emphasis on
Intellectual Property, Internet and e-commerce law. Lawdit is a member of the
International Trademark Association, the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court
Advocates and we are the appointed Solicitors to the largest webdesign
association in the world, the United Kingdom Website Designers Association.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-07-05 19:07:04 in Legal Articles