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Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished. The 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to reproduce the copyrighted work, to prepare derivative works, to distribute copies of the copyrighted work, to perform the copyrighted work publicly, or to display the copyrighted work publicly. The copyright protects the form of expression rather than the subject matter of the writing. ATAHK can assist you apply UK copyright, and try best to support the enterprises worldwide.

Copyright can protect: literary works, including novels, instruction manuals, computer programs, song lyrics, newspaper articles and some types of database;dramatic works, including dance or mime ;musical works ;artistic works, including paintings, engravings, photographs, sculptures, collages, architecture, technical drawings, diagrams, maps and logos ;layouts or typographical arrangements used to publish a work, for a book for instance; recordings of a work, including sound and film ;broadcasts of a work;You should only copy or use a work protected by copyright with the copyright owner's permission.

Copyright applies to any medium. This means that you must not reproduce copyright protected work in another medium without permission. This includes, publishing photographs on the internet, making a sound recording of a book, a painting of a photograph and so on.

Copyright does not protect ideas for a work.  It is only when the work itself is fixed, for example in writing, that copyright automatically protects it. This means that you do not have to apply for copyright.

A copyright protected work can have more than one copyright, or another intellectual property (IP) right, connected to it.  For example, an album of music can have separate copyrights for individual songs, sound recordings, artwork, and so on.  Whilst copyright can protect the artwork of your logo, you could also register the logo as a trade mark.

Copyright arises automatically when the work is created, it applies to literary and artistic works, films, broadcasts and typographical arrangements, including computer software (although this may also be patentable if it has a technical aspect). Copyright does not protect ideas, but the expression of ideas.

Copyright confers the right to prevent others from copying, issuing copies of the work to the public, to perform, show or play the work in public, to broadcast the work, to make an adaptation of the work or do any of the above to an adaptation.

Some pieces of work may have several copyright holders, each with an interest in a different aspect of the work (eg a music CD). Works must be original and must have resulted from skill and judgement. Copyright does not subsist in slavish copies of other work or to works to which only minor modifications have been made.

Copyright in artistic and literary works lasts for 70 years after the death of the creator, but the duration of copyright will depend upon the type of work and therefore the type of protection and duration afforded.

Copyright will in the first instance be conferred upon the creator of a piece of work unless it is created in the course of their employment, when the copyright generally belongs to the employer . Moral rights of the author to be identified as such are not transferable, the author must assert this right as it is not automatic. The author also has the right to object to the work being subject to 'derogatory treatment'.

Although copyright exists automatically all material and works should be marked with the international copyright symbol, the owner of the copyright and the year the work was produced. This prevents infringers' claims that they were unaware or unable to identify the copyright holder.

The use of copyright material is controlled by licence agreements; the CLA Higher Education Photocopying licence allows University staff to use copyright material in certain circumstances. Copyright is infringed by unorganised copying of a work, with exceptions made for the purposes of research and private study, criticism in reviews and news reporting and education. For further information about copyright please contact us.

From: Editor:cindy Time:2009-4-17
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