What is copyright?
Copyright (or author’s right) is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their literary and artistic works. Works covered by copyright range from books, music, paintings, sculpture, and films, to computer programs, databases, advertisements, maps, and technical drawings.
All works of the mind are protected by copyright, by the mere fact of their creation, without the completion of any formality.
The conditions required to benefit from copyright protection are as follows:
- the work must be materialized, fixed in a tangible way on a support,
- the work must be original. A work is original when it bears the imprint of the personality of its author: since the work is the “fruit of the creation of the author”, it is original.
Copyright does not protect ideas, concepts and instructions .
Unlike a patent or a trademark, protection is automatically created with the creation of the work. There is no register. The protection is limited in time. At the end of the term of protection, the works fall into the public domain and can be used freely. Before that, however, the protection is global, all uses require authorization.