What is copyrights ?
Copyrights : “a legal term describing rights given to the creators for their literary and artistic works”. In other words, the works of which someone who created something is given the exclusive rights and ownerships to perform, record, reproduce, translate or broadcast, legally if bound under a copyright law, and no one else can use that work unless granted permission by the owner.
Why Copyright protection is so important?
We are living in a globalized world. Millions of people and companies every day are using internet for sharing ideas and creations. Everywhere you look you are constantly reading or watching someone getting sued, or suing over something, and now more than ever, it is very important to cover all aspects of your business or creations, particularly something that is so often easily overlooked, copyrighting.
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History of Copyright
The history of copyright law starts with early privileges and monopolies granted to printers of books. The British Statute of Anne 1710, full title "An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by vesting the Copies of Printed Books in the Authors or purchasers of such Copies, during the Times therein mentioned", was the first copyright statute. Initially copyright law only applied to the copying of books. Over time other uses such as translations and derivative works were made subject to copyright and copyright now covers a wide range of works, including maps, performances, paintings, photographs, sound recordings, motion pictures and computer programs.
Today national copyright laws have been standardised to some extent through international and regional agreements such as the Berne Convention and the European copyright directives. Although there are consistencies among nations' copyright laws, each jurisdiction has separate and distinct laws and regulations about copyright. Some jurisdictions also recognize moral rights of creators, such as the right to be credited for the work.
So, why is copyrighting so important?
First and above all it is your legal right to protect your creations and work. Imagine writing a song, putting it on your blog, with no copyright, and a few months later you find that someone has published your song under their own name and received a tremendous financial gain for your work. There is virtually nothing you could do about it, there is no proof as to sole ownership, that however could have been avoided entirely if you had taken preliminary action in gaining a copyright on your song. This sort of thing happens all the time.
The next reason copyright is so important is that you can make you money. Under copyright laws you are able to allow others to use your works for a fee, or you can sell your copyright to others for a big fee, by using a copyright license.
Benefits of copyright registration can become a highly valuable asset
If someone decides to infringe upon your copyrighted works, you have the right to seek legal action and providing you have necessary legal evidence that you are sole copyright owner you will more than likely be awarded financial compensation. Copyrights are highly valuable for companies in terms of intangible assets that can be transferred, valued or traded, as well. Whether an individual or a large company, these assets are key components that can be greatly significant in terms of financial value for particular organizations, based upon their balance sheet or assets and liability statements.
Copyrights can last up to fifty years (in the United States, this number however can vary in other countries) after the death of the original copyright owner. It is important to note, that copyrights can be passed down to a family member, which in turn leaves a lasting legacy to pass down to different generations as a valuable (and memorable) estate in your memory well after you are gone.
For instance, names and phrases can not be copyrighted, although slogans can be trademarked, they can not be copyrighted. Facts, also can not be copyrighted, while using a fact to support one of your ideas, you may copyright your final outcome, however the particular fact you used to accompany your idea or opinion, can not be copyrighted. Procedures and methods, also can not be copyrighted, although you may be able to protect the way these things are expressed..
Any works that are created by your state Government additionally can not be copyrighted. Fashion, also can not be copyrighted. Attention : architectural and even boat and ship designs can in fact be copyrighted. Public domains may not be copyrighted, while your ideas and writing within the domain itself can be copyrighted, the actual domain-name can not be.
We suggest you to be cautius in terms of protecting both yourself, and your ideas in regards to your creative works. You work hard to express yourself and boast your creativity, please make sure that you take proper precautions in protecting them as well.
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