What is copyright?

Last modified: October 9, 2020
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Copyright, otherwise known as “author’s right,” copyright is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their intellectual property – literary or artistic works that they have created. 

Copyright means “the right to copy,” therefore, only the creator – or people permitted by the creator – have the right to reproduce the work.

A work that has required significant mental activity to create, and is, therefore, considered original, automatically  becomes its creator’s intellectual property. Copyright is the legal protection of an original creation. 

Under copyright law, a work is considered original only if the author created it through independent thinking – and not duplication (copying). It is known as an Original Work of Authorship (OWA). 

To have the upper hand in any legal dispute an original work’s creator should copyright protect it, if they want to use it.

Learn what type of assets/creations you can protect with copyright. 

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