Copyright

What is copyright?

Copyright in a work comes into existence when a work is recorded to a material form. Such material forms include literary, musical and artistic works, computer programs, broadcasts, sound recordings and cinematograph films and programme carrying signals. The idea incorporated into the work is not however afforded protection.

Copyright in such works cannot be registered and it arises automatically upon the creation of the work provided certain conditions are met. Only copyright in films can be registered. Such registration does not create a copyright, but merely provides a simple means of proving subsistence and ownership of copyright.

Who owns the copyright?

As a general rule, the person who creates a work owns the copyright to that work. However, there are certain exceptions to this rule.

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