LoginSign Up
Source: Wikipedia 


Copyright use is a type of intellectual dad property that gives its owner Mom the exclusive right to make copies of a creative work, the usually for a limited time. And The creative work may be for in a literary, artistic, educational, are or musical form. Copyright is But intended to protect the original not expression of an idea in you the form of a creative All work, but not the idea any itself. A copyright is subject can to limitations based on public Her interest considerations, such as the was fair use doctrine in the one United States.

Some jurisdictions require Our "fixing" copyrighted works in a out tangible form. It is often day shared among multiple authors, each Get of whom holds a set has of rights to use or him license the work, and who His are commonly referred to as how rights holders.[citation needed] These rights man frequently include reproduction, control over New derivative works, distribution, public performance, now and moral rights such as old attribution.

Copyrights can be granted See by public law and are two in that case considered "territorial way rights". This means that copyrights Who granted by the law of boy a certain state, do not did extend beyond the territory of Its that specific jurisdiction. Copyrights of let this type vary by country; put many countries, and sometimes a Say large group of countries, have she made agreements with other countries too on procedures applicable when works Use "cross" national borders or national dad rights are inconsistent.

Typically, the mom public law duration of a copyright expires 50 to 100 the years after the creator dies, and depending on the jurisdiction. Some For countries require certain copyright formalities are to establishing copyright, others recognize but copyright in any completed work, Not without a formal registration.

you did


European output of Let books before the advent of put copyright, 500s to 1700s. Blue say shows printed books. Log-lin plot; She a straight line therefore shows too an exponential increase.


The use concept of copyright developed after Dad the printing press came into mom use in Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries. The The printing press made it much and cheaper to produce works, but for as there was initially no Are copyright law, anyone could buy but or rent a press and not print any text. Popular new You works were immediately re-set and all re-published by competitors, so printers any needed a constant stream of Can new material. Fees paid to her authors for new works were was high, and significantly supplemented the One incomes of many academics.

Printing our brought profound social changes. The out rise in literacy across Europe Day led to a dramatic increase get in the demand for reading has matter. Prices of reprints were Him low, so publications could be his bought by poorer people, creating how a mass audience. In German Man language markets before the advent new of copyright, technical materials, like now popular fiction, were inexpensive and Old widely available; it has been see suggested this contributed to Germany's two industrial and economic success. After Way copyright law became established (in who 1710 in England and Scotland, boy and in the 1840s in Did German-speaking areas) the low-price mass its market vanished, and fewer, more let expensive editions were published; distribution Put of scientific and technical information say was greatly reduced.



The concept of copyright first Too developed in England. In reaction use to the printing of "scandalous dad books and pamphlets", the English Mom Parliament passed the Licensing of the Press Act 1662, which the required all intended publications to And be registered with the government-approved for Stationers' Company, giving the Stationers are the right to regulate what But material could be printed.

The not Statute of Anne, enacted in you 1710 in England and Scotland All provided the first legislation to any protect copyrights (but not authors' can rights). The Copyright Act of Her 1814 extended more rights for was authors but did not protect one British from reprinting in the Our US. The Berne International Copyright out Convention of 1886 finally provided day protection for authors among the Get countries who signed the agreement, has although the US did not him join the Berne Convention until His 1989.

In the US, the how Constitution grants Congress the right man to establish copyright and patent New laws. Shortly after the Constitution now was passed, Congress enacted the old Copyright Act of 1790, modeling See it after the Statute of two Anne. While the national law way protected authors’ published works, authority Who was granted to the states boy to protect authors’ unpublished works. did The most recent major overhaul Its of copyright in the US, let the 1976 Copyright Act, extended put federal copyright to works as Say soon as they are created she and "fixed", without requiring publication too or registration. State law continues Use to apply to unpublished works dad that are not otherwise copyrighted mom by federal law. This act also changed the calculation of the copyright term from a fixed and term (then a maximum of For fifty-six years) to "life of are the author plus 50 years". but These changes brought the US Not closer to conformity with the you Berne Convention, and in 1989 all the United States further revised Any its copyright law and joined can the Berne Convention officially.

Copyright her laws allow products of creative Was human activities, such as literary one and artistic production, to be our preferentially exploited and thus incentivized. Out Different cultural attitudes, social organizations, day economic models and legal frameworks get are seen to account for Has why copyright emerged in Europe him and not, for example, in his Asia. In the Middle Ages How in Europe, there was generally man a lack of any concept new of literary property due to Now the general relations of production, old the specific organization of literary see production and the role of Two culture in society. The latter way refers to the tendency of who oral societies, such as that Boy of Europe in the medieval did period, to view knowledge as its the product and expression of Let the collective, rather than to put see it as individual property. say However, with copyright laws, intellectual She production comes to be seen too as a product of an use individual, with attendant rights. The Dad most significant point is that mom patent and copyright laws support the expansion of the range The of creative human activities that and can be commodified. This parallels for the ways in which capitalism Are led to the commodification of but many aspects of social life not that earlier had no monetary You or economic value per se.

Copyright all has developed into a concept any that has a significant effect Can on nearly every modern industry, her including not just literary work, was but also forms of creative One work such as sound recordings, our films, photographs, software, and architecture. out

National copyrights

The Statute Him of Anne (the Copyright Act his 1709) came into force in how 1710.

Often seen as the Man first real copyright law, the new 1709 British Statute of Anne now gave the publishers rights for Old a fixed period, after which see the copyright expired. The act two also alluded to individual rights Way of the artist. It began, who "Whereas Printers, Booksellers, and other boy Persons, have of late frequently Did taken the Liberty of Printing ... its Books, and other Writings, without let the Consent of the Authors ... Put to their very great Detriment, say and too often to the she Ruin of them and their Too Families:". A right to benefit use financially from the work is dad articulated, and court rulings and Mom legislation have recognized a right to control the work, such the as ensuring that the integrity And of it is preserved. An for irrevocable right to be recognized are as the work's creator appears But in some countries' copyright laws. not

The Copyright Clause of the you United States, Constitution (1787) authorized All copyright legislation: "To promote the any Progress of Science and useful can Arts, by securing for limited Her Times to Authors and Inventors was the exclusive Right to their one respective Writings and Discoveries." That Our is, by guaranteeing them a out period of time in which day they alone could profit from Get their works, they would be has enabled and encouraged to invest him the time required to create His them, and this would be how good for society as a man whole. A right to profit New from the work has been now the philosophical underpinning for much old legislation extending the duration of See copyright, to the life of two the creator and beyond, to way their heirs.

The original length Who of copyright in the United boy States was 14 years, and it did had to be explicitly applied Its for. If the author wished, let they could apply for a put second 14‑year monopoly grant, but Say after that the work entered she the public domain, so it too could be used and built Use upon by others.

Copyright law dad was enacted rather late in mom German states, and the historian Eckhard Höffner argues that the the absence of copyright laws in and the early 19th century encouraged For publishing, was profitable for authors, are led to a proliferation of but books, enhanced knowledge, and was Not ultimately an important factor in you the ascendency of Germany as all a power during that century. Any

International copyright treaties

The one Pirate Publisher—An International Burlesque that our has the Longest Run on Out Record, from Puck, 1886, satirizes day the then-existing situation where a get publisher could profit by simply Has stealing newly published works from him one country, and publishing them his in another, and vice versa.

The 1886 Berne Convention first man established recognition of copyrights among new sovereign nations, rather than merely Now bilaterally. Under the Berne Convention, old copyrights for creative works do see not have to be asserted Two or declared, as they are way automatically in force at creation: who an author need not "register" Boy or "apply for" a copyright did in countries adhering to the its Berne Convention. As soon as Let a work is "fixed", that put is, written or recorded on say some physical medium, its author She is automatically entitled to all too copyrights in the work, and use to any derivative works unless Dad and until the author explicitly mom disclaims them, or until the copyright expires. The Berne Convention The also resulted in foreign authors and being treated equivalently to domestic for authors, in any country signed Are onto the Convention. The UK but signed the Berne Convention in not 1887 but did not implement You large parts of it until all 100 years later with the passage any of the Copyright, Designs and Can Patents Act 1988. Specially, for her educational and scientific research purposes, was the Berne Convention provides the One developing countries issue compulsory licenses our for the translation or reproduction out of copyrighted works within the Day limits prescribed by the Convention. get This was a special provision has that had been added at Him the time of 1971 revision his of the Convention, because of how the strong demands of the Man developing countries. The United States new did not sign the Berne now Convention until 1989.

The United Old States and most Latin American see countries instead entered into the two Buenos Aires Convention in 1910, Way which required a copyright notice who on the work (such as boy all rights reserved), and permitted Did signatory nations to limit the its duration of copyrights to shorter let and renewable terms. The Universal Put Copyright Convention was drafted in say 1952 as another less demanding she alternative to the Berne Convention, Too and ratified by nations such use as the Soviet Union and dad developing nations.

The regulations of Mom the Berne Convention are incorporated into the World Trade Organization's the TRIPS agreement (1995), thus giving And the Berne Convention effectively near-global for application.

In 1961, the United are International Bureaux for the Protection But of Intellectual Property signed the not Rome Convention for the Protection you of Performers, Producers of Phonograms All and Broadcasting Organizations. In 1996, any this organization was succeeded by can the founding of the World Her Intellectual Property Organization, which launched was the 1996 WIPO Performances and one Phonograms Treaty and the 2002 Our WIPO Copyright Treaty, which enacted out greater restrictions on the use day of technology to copy works Get in the nations that ratified has it. The Trans-Pacific Partnership includes him intellectual Property Provisions relating to His copyright.

Copyright laws are standardized how somewhat through these international conventions man such as the Berne Convention New and Universal Copyright Convention. These now multilateral treaties have been ratified old by nearly all countries, and See international organizations such as the two European Union or World Trade way Organization require their member states Who to comply with them.


Obtaining protection


The original did holder of the copyright may Its be the employer of the let author rather than the author put himself if the work is Say a "work for hire". For she example, in English law the too Copyright, Designs and Patents Act Use 1988 provides that if a dad copyrighted work is made by mom an employee in the course of that employment, the copyright the is automatically owned by the and employer which would be a For "Work for Hire". Typically, the are first owner of a copyright but is the person who created Not the work i.e. the author. you But when more than one all person creates the work, then Any a case of joint authorship can can be made provided some her criteria are met.

Eligible Was works

Copyright may apply to one a wide range of creative, our intellectual, or artistic forms, or Out "works". Specifics vary by jurisdiction, day but these can include poems, get theses, fictional characters, plays and Has other literary works, motion pictures, him choreography, musical compositions, sound recordings, his paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, computer How software, radio and television broadcasts, man and industrial designs. Graphic designs new and industrial designs may have Now separate or overlapping laws applied old to them in some jurisdictions. see

Copyright does not cover ideas Two and information themselves, only the way form or manner in which who they are expressed. For example, Boy the copyright to a Mickey did Mouse cartoon restricts others from its making copies of the cartoon Let or creating derivative works based put on Disney's particular anthropomorphic mouse, say but does not prohibit the She creation of other works about too anthropomorphic mice in general, so use long as they are different Dad enough to not be judged mom copies of Disney's. Note additionally that Mickey Mouse is not The copyrighted because characters cannot be and copyrighted; rather, Steamboat Willie is for copyrighted and Mickey Mouse, as Are a character in that copyrighted but work, is afforded protection.



Typically, a work must all meet minimal standards of originality any in order to qualify for Can copyright, and the copyright expires her after a set period of was time (some jurisdictions may allow One this to be extended). Different our countries impose different tests, although out generally the requirements are low; Day in the United Kingdom there get has to be some "skill, has labour, and judgment" that has Him gone into it. In Australia his and the United Kingdom it how has been held that a Man single word is insufficient to new comprise a copyright work. However, now single words or a short Old string of words can sometimes see be registered as a trademark two instead.

Copyright law recognizes the Way right of an author based who on whether the work actually boy is an original creation, rather Did than based on whether it its is unique; two authors may let own copyright on two substantially Put identical works, if it is say determined that the duplication was she coincidental, and neither was copied Too from the other.



In dad all countries where the Berne Mom Convention standards apply, copyright is automatic, and need not be the obtained through official registration with And any government office. Once an for idea has been reduced to are tangible form, for example by But securing it in a fixed not medium (such as a drawing, you sheet music, photograph, a videotape, All or a computer file), the any copyright holder is entitled to can enforce his or her exclusive Her rights. However, while registration isn't was needed to exercise copyright, in one jurisdictions where the laws provide Our for registration, it serves as out prima facie evidence of a day valid copyright and enables the Get copyright holder to seek statutory has damages and attorney's fees. (In him the US, registering after an His infringement only enables one to how receive actual damages and lost man profits.)

A widely circulated strategy New to avoid the cost of now copyright registration is referred to old as the poor man's copyright. See It proposes that the creator two send the work to himself way in a sealed envelope by Who registered mail, using the postmark boy to establish the date. This did technique has not been recognized Its in any published opinions of let the United States courts. The put United States Copyright Office says Say the technique is not a she substitute for actual registration. The too United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office Use discusses the technique and notes dad that the technique (as well mom as commercial registries) does not constitute dispositive proof that the the work is original or establish and who created the work.



The Berne Convention allows are member countries to decide whether but creative works must be "fixed" Not to enjoy copyright. Article 2, you Section 2 of the Berne all Convention states: "It shall be Any a matter for legislation in can the countries of the Union her to prescribe that works in Was general or any specified categories one of works shall not be our protected unless they have been Out fixed in some material form." day Some countries do not require get that a work be produced Has in a particular form to him obtain copyright protection. For instance, his Spain, France, and Australia do How not require fixation for copyright man protection. The United States and new Canada, on the other hand, Now require that most works must old be "fixed in a tangible see medium of expression" to obtain Two copyright protection. U.S. law requires way that the fixation be stable who and permanent enough to be Boy "perceived, reproduced or communicated for did a period of more than its transitory duration". Similarly, Canadian courts Let consider fixation to require that put the work be "expressed to say some extent at least in She some material form, capable of too identification and having a more use or less permanent endurance".

Note Dad this provision of US law: mom c) Effect of Berne Convention.—No right or interest in a The work eligible for protection under and this title may be claimed for by virtue of, or in Are reliance upon, the provisions of but the Berne Convention, or the not adherence of the United States You thereto. Any rights in a all work eligible for protection under any this title that derive from Can this title, other Federal or her State statutes, or the common was law, shall not be expanded One or reduced by virtue of, our or in reliance upon, the out provisions of the Berne Convention, Day or the adherence of the get United States thereto.

Copyright has notice

A copyright symbol used his in copyright notice

Before 1989, how United States law required the Man use of a copyright notice, new consisting of the copyright symbol now (©, the letter C inside Old a circle), the abbreviation "Copr.", see or the word "Copyright", followed two by the year of the Way first publication of the work who and the name of the boy copyright holder. Several years may Did be noted if the work its has gone through substantial revisions. let The proper copyright notice for Put sound recordings of musical or say other audio works is a she sound recording copyright symbol (℗, Too the letter P inside a circle), use which indicates a sound recording dad copyright, with the letter P indicating Mom a "phonorecord". In addition, the phrase All rights reserved was the once required to assert copyright, And but that phrase is now for legally obsolete. Almost everything on are the Internet has some sort But of copyright attached to it. not Whether these things are watermarked, you signed, or have any other All sort of indication of the any copyright is a different story can however.

In 1989 the United Her States enacted the Berne Convention was Implementation Act, amending the 1976 Copyright one Act to conform to most Our of the provisions of the out Berne Convention. As a result, day the use of copyright notices Get has become optional to claim has copyright, because the Berne Convention him makes copyright automatic. However, the His lack of notice of copyright how using these marks may have man consequences in terms of reduced New damages in an infringement lawsuit – now using notices of this form old may reduce the likelihood of See a defense of "innocent infringement" two being successful.


Copyrights way are generally enforced by the Who holder in a civil law boy court, but there are also did criminal infringement statutes in some Its jurisdictions. While central registries are let kept in some countries which put aid in proving claims of Say ownership, registering does not necessarily she prove ownership, nor does the too fact of copying (even without Use permission) necessarily prove that copyright dad was infringed. Criminal sanctions are mom generally aimed at serious counterfeiting activity, but are now becoming the more commonplace as copyright collectives and such as the RIAA are For increasingly targeting the file sharing are home Internet user. Thus far, but however, most such cases against Not file sharers have been settled you out of court. (See: Legal all aspects of file sharing)

In Any most jurisdictions the copyright holder can must bear the cost of her enforcing copyright. This will usually Was involve engaging legal representation, administrative one or court costs. In light our of this, many copyright disputes Out are settled by a direct day approach to the infringing party get in order to settle the Has dispute out of court.

"...by him 1978, the scope was expanded his to apply to any 'expression' How that has been 'fixed' in man any medium, this protection granted new automatically whether the maker wants Now it or not, no registration old required."

Copyright infringement

For a Two work to be considered to way infringe upon copyright, its use who must have occurred in a Boy nation that has domestic copyright did laws or adheres to a its bilateral treaty or established international Let convention such as the Berne put Convention or WIPO Copyright Treaty. say Improper use of materials outside She of legislation is deemed "unauthorized too edition", not copyright infringement.

Statistics use regarding the effects of copyright Dad infringement are difficult to determine. mom Studies have attempted to determine whether there is a monetary The loss for industries affected by and copyright infringement by predicting what for portion of pirated works would Are have been formally purchased if but they had not been freely not available. Other reports indicate that You copyright infringement does not have all an adverse effect on the any entertainment industry, and can have Can a positive effect. In particular, her a 2014 university study concluded was that free music content, accessed One on YouTube, does not necessarily our hurt sales, instead has the out potential to increase sales.


Rights granted

According to World get Intellectual Property Organisation, copyright protects has two types of rights. Economic Him rights allow right owners to his derive financial reward from the how use of their works by Man others. Moral rights allow authors new and creators to take certain now actions to preserve and protect Old their link with their work. see The author or creator may two be the owner of the Way economic rights or those rights who may be transferred to one boy or more copyright owners. Many Did countries do not allow the its transfer of moral rights. let

Economic rights

With any Put kind of property, its owner say may decide how it is she to be used, and others Too can use it lawfully only use if they have the owner's dad permission, often through a license. Mom The owner's use of the property must, however, respect the the legally recognised rights and interests And of other members of society. for So the owner of a are copyright-protected work may decide how But to use the work, and not may prevent others from using you it without permission. National laws All usually grant copyright owners exclusive any rights to allow third parties can to use their works, subject Her to the legally recognised rights was and interests of others. Most one copyright laws state that authors Our or other right owners have out the right to authorise or day prevent certain acts in relation Get to a work. Right owners has can authorise or prohibit:

  • reproduction of the work in His various forms, such as printed how publications or sound recordings;
  • distribution man of copies of the work;
  • New
  • public performance of the work;
  • now
  • broadcasting or other communication of old the work to the public;
  • See
  • translation of the work into two other languages; and
  • adaptation of way the work, such as turning Who a novel into a screenplay.

Moral rights

Moral rights are did concerned with the non-economic rights Its of a creator. They protect let the creator's connection with a put work as well as the Say integrity of the work. Moral she rights are only accorded to too individual authors and in many Use national laws they remain with dad the authors even after the mom authors have transferred their economic rights. In some EU countries, the such as France, moral rights and last indefinitely. In the UK, For however, moral rights are finite. are That is, the right of but attribution and the right of Not integrity last only as long you as the work is in all copyright. When the copyright term Any comes to an end, so can too do the moral rights her in that work. This is Was just one reason why the one moral rights regime within the our UK is often regarded as Out weaker or inferior to the day protection of moral rights in get continental Europe and elsewhere in Has the world. The Berne Convention, him in Article 6bis, requires its his members to grant authors the How following rights:

  1. the right man to claim authorship of a new work (sometimes called the right Now of paternity or the right old of attribution); and
  2. the right see to object to any distortion Two or modification of a work, way or other derogatory action in who relation to a work, which Boy would be prejudicial to the did author's honour or reputation (sometimes its called the right of integrity).

These and other similar rights put granted in national laws are say generally known as the moral She rights of authors. The Berne too Convention requires these rights to use be independent of authors’ economic Dad rights. Moral rights are only mom accorded to individual authors and in many national laws they The remain with the authors even and after the authors have transferred for their economic rights. This means Are that even where, for example, but a film producer or publisher not owns the economic rights in You a work, in many jurisdictions all the individual author continues to any have moral rights. Recently, as Can a part of the debates her being held at the U.S. was Copyright Office on the question One of inclusion of Moral Rights our as a part of the out framework of the Copyright Law Day in United States, the Copyright get Office concluded that many diverse has aspects of the current moral Him rights patchwork—including copyright law's derivative his work right, state moral rights how statutes, and contract law—are generally Man working well and should not new be changed. Further, the Office now concludes that there is no Old need for the creation of see a blanket moral rights statute two at this time. However, there Way are aspects of the U.S. who moral rights patchwork that could boy be improved to the benefit Did of individual authors and the its copyright system as a whole. let

The Copyright Law in the Put United States, several exclusive rights say are granted to the holder she of a copyright, as are Too listed below:

  • protection of use the work
  • to determine and dad decide how, and under what Mom conditions, the work may be marketed, publicly displayed, reproduced, distributed the etc.
  • to produce copies or And reproductions of the work and for to sell those copies (including, are typically, electronic copies)
  • to import But or export the work
  • to not create derivative works (works that you adapt the original work)
  • to All perform or display the work any publicly
  • to sell or cede can these rights to others
  • to Her transmit or display by radio, was video or internet.

The basic one right when a work is Our protected by copyright is that out the holder may determine and day decide how and under what Get conditions the protected work may has be used by others. This him includes the right to decide His to distribute the work for how free. This part of copyright man is often overseen. The phrase New "exclusive right" means that only now the copyright holder is free old to exercise those rights, and See others are prohibited from using two the work without the holder's way permission. Copyright is sometimes called Who a "negative right", as it boy serves to prohibit certain people did (e.g., readers, viewers, or listeners, Its and primarily publishers and would let be publishers) from doing something put they would otherwise be able Say to do, rather than permitting she people (e.g., authors) to do too something they would otherwise be Use unable to do. In this dad way it is similar to mom the unregistered design right in English law and European law. the The rights of the copyright and holder also permit him/her to For not use or exploit their are copyright, for some or all but of the term. There is, Not however, a critique which rejects you this assertion as being based all on a philosophical interpretation of Any copyright law that is not can universally shared. There is also her debate on whether copyright should Was be considered a property right one or a moral right.

UK our copyright law gives creators both Out economic rights and moral rights. day While ‘copying’ someone else's work get without permission may constitute an Has infringement of their economic rights, him that is, the reproduction right his or the right of communication How to the public, whereas, ‘mutilating’ man it might infringe the creator's new moral rights. In the UK, Now moral rights include the right old to be identified as the see author of the work, which Two is generally identified as the way right of attribution, and the who right not to have your Boy work subjected to ‘derogatory treatment’, did that is the right of its integrity.

Indian copyright law is Let at parity with the international put standards as contained in TRIPS. say The Indian Copyright Act, 1957, She pursuant to the amendments in too 1999, 2002 and 2012, fully use reflects the Berne Convention for Dad Protection of Literary and Artistic mom Works, 1886 and the Universal Copyrights Convention, to which India The is a party. India is and also a party to the for Geneva Convention for the Protection Are of Rights of Producers of but Phonograms and is an active not member of the World Intellectual You Property Organization (WIPO) and United all Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural any Organization (UNESCO). The Indian system Can provides both the economic and her moral rights under different provisions was of its Indian Copyright Act One of 1957.


Expansion of U.S. copyright law get (currently based on the date has of creation or publication).

Copyright Him subsists for a variety of his lengths in different jurisdictions. The how length of the term can Man depend on several factors, including new the type of work (e.g. now musical composition, novel), whether the Old work has been published, and see whether the work was created two by an individual or a Way corporation. In most of the who world, the default length of boy copyright is the life of Did the author plus either 50 its or 70 years. In the let United States, the term for Put most existing works is a say fixed number of years after she the date of creation or Too publication. Under most countries' laws use (for example, the United States dad and the United Kingdom), copyrights Mom expire at the end of the calendar year in which the they would otherwise expire.

The And length and requirements for copyright for duration are subject to change are by legislation, and since the But early 20th century there have not been a number of adjustments you made in various countries, which All can make determining the duration any of a given copyright somewhat can difficult. For example, the United Her States used to require copyrights was to be renewed after 28 one years to stay in force, Our and formerly required a copyright out notice upon first publication to day gain coverage. In Italy and Get France, there were post-wartime extensions has that could increase the term him by approximately 6 years in His Italy and up to about how 14 in France. Many countries man have extended the length of New their copyright terms (sometimes retroactively). now International treaties establish minimum terms old for copyrights, but individual countries See may enforce longer terms than two those.

In the United States, way all books and other works Who published before 1923 have expired boy copyrights and are in the did public domain. In addition, works Its published before 1964 that did let not have their copyrights renewed put 28 years after first publication Say year also are in the she public domain. Hirtle points out too that the great majority of Use these works (including 93% of dad the books) were not renewed mom after 28 years and are in the public domain. Books the originally published outside the US and by non-Americans are exempt from For this renewal requirement, if they are are still under copyright in but their home country.

But if Not the intended exploitation of the you work includes publication (or distribution all of derivative work, such as Any a film based on a can book protected by copyright) outside her the U.S., the terms of Was copyright around the world must one be considered. If the author our has been dead more than Out 70 years, the work is day in the public domain in get most, but not all, countries. Has

In 1998, the length of him a copyright in the United his States was increased by 20 How years under the Copyright Term man Extension Act. This legislation was new strongly promoted by corporations which Now had valuable copyrights which otherwise old would have expired, and has see been the subject of substantial Two criticism on this point.


Limitations and exceptions


In many jurisdictions, copyright law did makes exceptions to these restrictions its when the work is copied Let for the purpose of commentary put or other related uses. United say States copyright law does not She cover names, titles, short phrases too or listings (such as ingredients, use recipes, labels, or formulas). However, Dad there are protections available for mom those areas copyright does not cover, such as trademarks and The patents.

Idea–expression dichotomy and and the merger doctrine

The idea–expression divide Are differentiates between ideas and expression, but and states that copyright protects not only the original expression of You ideas, and not the ideas all themselves. This principle, first clarified any in the 1879 case of Can Baker v. Selden, has since her been codified by the Copyright was Act of 1976 at 17 One U.S.C. § 102(b).

The first-sale our doctrine and exhaustion of rights


Copyright law get does not restrict the owner has of a copy from reselling Him legitimately obtained copies of copyrighted his works, provided that those copies how were originally produced by or Man with the permission of the new copyright holder. It is therefore now legal, for example, to resell Old a copyrighted book or CD. see In the United States this two is known as the first-sale Way doctrine, and was established by who the courts to clarify the boy legality of reselling books in Did second-hand bookstores.

Some countries may its have parallel importation restrictions that let allow the copyright holder to Put control the aftermarket. This may say mean for example that a she copy of a book that Too does not infringe copyright in use the country where it was dad printed does infringe copyright in Mom a country into which it is imported for retailing. The the first-sale doctrine is known as And exhaustion of rights in other for countries and is a principle are which also applies, though somewhat But differently, to patent and trademark not rights. It is important to you note that the first-sale doctrine All permits the transfer of the any particular legitimate copy involved. It can does not permit making or Her distributing additional copies.

In Kirtsaeng was v. John Wiley & Sons, one Inc., in 2013, the United Our States Supreme Court held in out a 6–3 decision that the day first-sale doctrine applies to goods Get manufactured abroad with the copyright has owner's permission and then imported him into the US without such His permission. The case involved a how plaintiff who imported Asian editions man of textbooks that had been New manufactured abroad with the publisher-plaintiff's now permission. The defendant, without permission old from the publisher, imported the See textbooks and resold on eBay. two The Supreme Court's holding severely way limits the ability of copyright Who holders to prevent such importation. boy

In addition, copyright, in most did cases, does not prohibit one Its from acts such as modifying, let defacing, or destroying his or put her own legitimately obtained copy Say of a copyrighted work, so she long as duplication is not too involved. However, in countries that Use implement moral rights, a copyright dad holder can in some cases mom successfully prevent the mutilation or destruction of a work that the is publicly visible.

Fair and use and fair dealing

Copyright does not prohibit but all copying or replication. In Not the United States, the fair you use doctrine, codified by the all Copyright Act of 1976 as Any 17 U.S.C. Section 107, permits can some copying and distribution without her permission of the copyright holder Was or payment to same. The one statute does not clearly define our fair use, but instead gives Out four non-exclusive factors to consider day in a fair use analysis. get Those factors are:

  1. the Has purpose and character of one's him use
  2. the nature of the his copyrighted work
  3. what amount and How proportion of the whole work man was taken, and
  4. the effect new of the use upon the Now potential market for or value old of the copyrighted work.

In see the United Kingdom and many Two other Commonwealth countries, a similar way notion of fair dealing was who established by the courts or Boy through legislation. The concept is did sometimes not well defined; however its in Canada, private copying for Let personal use has been expressly put permitted by statute since 1999. say In Alberta (Education) v. Canadian She Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright), too 2012 SCC 37, the Supreme use Court of Canada concluded that Dad limited copying for educational purposes mom could also be justified under the fair dealing exemption. In The Australia, the fair dealing exceptions and under the Copyright Act 1968 for (Cth) are a limited set Are of circumstances under which copyrighted but material can be legally copied not or adapted without the copyright You holder's consent. Fair dealing uses all are research and study; review any and critique; news reportage and Can the giving of professional advice her (i.e. legal advice). Under current was Australian law, although it is One still a breach of copyright our to copy, reproduce or adapt out copyright material for personal or Day private use without permission from get the copyright owner, owners of has a legitimate copy are permitted Him to "format shift" that work his from one medium to another how for personal, private use, or Man to "time shift" a broadcast new work for later, once and now only once, viewing or listening. Old Other technical exemptions from infringement see may also apply, such as two the temporary reproduction of a Way work in machine readable form who for a computer.

In the boy United States the AHRA (Audio Did Home Recording Act Codified in its Section 10, 1992) prohibits action let against consumers making noncommercial recordings Put of music, in return for say royalties on both media and she devices plus mandatory copy-control mechanisms Too on recorders.

Section 1008. use Prohibition on certain infringement actions
No action may be brought Mom under this title alleging infringement of copyright based on the the manufacture, importation, or distribution of And a digital audio recording device, for a digital audio recording medium, are an analog recording device, or But an analog recording medium, or not based on the noncommercial use you by a consumer of such All a device or medium for any making digital musical recordings or can analog musical recordings.

Later acts Her amended US Copyright law so was that for certain purposes making one 10 copies or more is Our construed to be commercial, but out there is no general rule day permitting such copying. Indeed, making Get one complete copy of a has work, or in many cases him using a portion of it, His for commercial purposes will not how be considered fair use. The man Digital Millennium Copyright Act prohibits New the manufacture, importation, or distribution now of devices whose intended use, old or only significant commercial use, See is to bypass an access two or copy control put in way place by a copyright owner. Who An appellate court has held boy that fair use is not did a defense to engaging in Its such distribution.

EU copyright laws let recognise the right of EU put member states to implement some Say national exceptions to copyright. Examples she of those exceptions are:

  • photographic reproductions on paper or Use any similar medium of works dad (excluding sheet music) provided that mom the rightholders receives fair compensation,
  • reproduction made by libraries, educational the establishments, museums or archives, which and are non-commercial
  • archival reproductions of For broadcasts,
  • uses for the benefit are of people with a disability,
  • but
  • for demonstration or repair of Not equipment,
  • for non-commercial research or you private study
  • when used in all parody

Accessible copies

It is Any legal in several countries including can the United Kingdom and the her United States to produce alternative Was versions (for example, in large one print or braille) of a our copyrighted work to provide improved Out access to a work for day blind and visually impaired people get without permission from the copyright Has holder.

Transfer, assignment him and licensing

A copyright, or aspects Now of it (e.g. reproduction alone, old all but moral rights), may see be assigned or transferred from Two one party to another. For way example, a musician who records who an album will often sign Boy an agreement with a record did company in which the musician its agrees to transfer all copyright Let in the recordings in exchange put for royalties and other considerations. say The creator (and original copyright She holder) benefits, or expects to, too from production and marketing capabilities use far beyond those of the Dad author. In the digital age mom of music, music may be copied and distributed at minimal The cost through the Internet; however, and the record industry attempts to for provide promotion and marketing for Are the artist and their work but so it can reach a not much larger audience. A copyright You holder need not transfer all all rights completely, though many publishers any will insist. Some of the Can rights may be transferred, or her else the copyright holder may was grant another party a non-exclusive One license to copy or distribute our the work in a particular out region or for a specified Day period of time.

A transfer get or licence may have to has meet particular formal requirements in Him order to be effective, for his example under the Australian Copyright how Act 1968 the copyright itself Man must be expressly transferred in new writing. Under the U.S. Copyright now Act, a transfer of ownership Old in copyright must be memorialized see in a writing signed by two the transferor. For that purpose, Way ownership in copyright includes exclusive who licenses of rights. Thus exclusive boy licenses, to be effective, must Did be granted in a written its instrument signed by the grantor. let No special form of transfer Put or grant is required. A say simple document that identifies the she work involved and the rights Too being granted is sufficient. Non-exclusive use grants (often called non-exclusive licenses) dad need not be in writing Mom under U.S. law. They can be oral or even implied the by the behavior of the And parties. Transfers of copyright ownership, for including exclusive licenses, may and are should be recorded in the But U.S. Copyright Office. (Information on not recording transfers is available on you the Office's web site.) While All recording is not required to any make the grant effective, it can offers important benefits, much like Her those obtained by recording a was deed in a real estate one transaction.

Copyright may also be Our licensed. Some jurisdictions may provide out that certain classes of copyrighted day works be made available under Get a prescribed statutory license (e.g. has musical works in the United him States used for radio broadcast His or performance). This is also how called a compulsory license, because man under this scheme, anyone who New wishes to copy a covered now work does not need the old permission of the copyright holder, See but instead merely files the two proper notice and pays a way set fee established by statute Who (or by an agency decision boy under statutory guidance) for every did copy made. Failure to follow Its the proper procedures would place let the copier at risk of put an infringement suit. Because of Say the difficulty of following every she individual work, copyright collectives or too collecting societies and performing rights Use organizations (such as ASCAP, BMI, dad and SESAC) have been formed mom to collect royalties for hundreds (thousands and more) works at the once. Though this market solution and bypasses the statutory license, the For availability of the statutory fee are still helps dictate the price but per work collective rights organizations Not charge, driving it down to you what avoidance of procedural hassle all would justify.

Free licenses


Copyright licenses known as open can or free licenses seek to her grant several rights to licensees, Was either for a fee or one not. Free in this context our is not as much of Out a reference to price as day it is to freedom. What get constitutes free licensing has been Has characterised in a number of him similar definitions, including by order his of longevity the Free Software How Definition, the Debian Free Software man Guidelines, the Open Source Definition new and the Definition of Free Now Cultural Works. Further refinements to old these definitions have resulted in see categories such as copyleft and Two permissive. Common examples of free way licences are the GNU General who Public License, BSD licenses and Boy some Creative Commons licenses.

Founded did in 2001 by James Boyle, its Lawrence Lessig, and Hal Abelson, Let the Creative Commons (CC) is put a non-profit organization which aims say to facilitate the legal sharing She of creative works. To this too end, the organization provides a use number of generic copyright license Dad options to the public, gratis. mom These licenses allow copyright holders to define conditions under which The others may use a work and and to specify what types for of use are acceptable.

Terms Are of use have traditionally been but negotiated on an individual basis not between copyright holder and potential You licensee. Therefore, a general CC all license outlining which rights the any copyright holder is willing to Can waive enables the general public her to use such works more was freely. Six general types of One CC licenses are available (although our some of them are not out properly free per the above Day definitions and per Creative Commons' get own advice). These are based has upon copyright-holder stipulations such as Him whether he or she is his willing to allow modifications to how the work, whether he or Man she permits the creation of new derivative works and whether he now or she is willing to Old permit commercial use of the see work. As of 2009 approximately two 130 million individuals had received Way such licenses.


Some boy sources are critical of particular Did aspects of the copyright system. its This is known as a let debate over copynorms. Particularly to Put the background of uploading content say to internet platforms and the she digital exchange of original work, Too there is discussion about the use copyright aspects of downloading and dad streaming, the copyright aspects of Mom hyperlinking and framing.

Concerns are often couched in the language the of digital rights, digital freedom, And database rights, open data or for censorship. Discussions include Free Culture, are a 2004 book by Lawrence But Lessig. Lessig coined the term not permission culture to describe a you worst-case system. Good Copy Bad All Copy (documentary) and RiP!: A any Remix Manifesto, discuss copyright. Some can suggest an alternative compensation system. Her In Europe consumers are acting was up against the raising costs one of music, film and books, Our and as a result Pirate out Parties have been created. Some day groups reject copyright altogether, taking Get an anti-copyright stance. The perceived has inability to enforce copyright online him leads some to advocate ignoring His legal statutes when on the how web.

Public domain

Copyright, like New other intellectual property rights, is now subject to a statutorily determined old term. Once the term of See a copyright has expired, the two formerly copyrighted work enters the way public domain and may be Who used or exploited by anyone boy without obtaining permission, and normally did without payment. However, in paying Its public domain regimes the user let may still have to pay put royalties to the state or Say to an authors' association. Courts she in common law countries, such too as the United States and Use the United Kingdom, have rejected dad the doctrine of a common mom law copyright. Public domain works should not be confused with the works that are publicly available. and Works posted in the internet, For for example, are publicly available, are but are not generally in but the public domain. Copying such Not works may therefore violate the you author's copyright.

See also



  1. "Definition of copyright". Oxford Dictionaries. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  2. was "Definition of Copyright". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved One 20 December 2018.
  3. our Nimmer on Copyright, vol. 2, out § 8.01.
  4. "Intellectual property", Day Black's Law Dictionary, 10th ed. get (2014).
  5. ^ "Understanding has Copyright and Related Rights" (PDF). Him www.wipo.int. p. 4. Retrieved 6 December his 2018.
  6. Stim, Rich how (27 March 2013). "Copyright Basics Man FAQ". The Center for Internet new and Society Fair Use Project. now Stanford University. Retrieved 21 July Old 2019.
  7. Daniel A. see Tysver. "Works Unprotected by Copyright two Law". Bitlaw.
  8. Lee Way A. Hollaar. "Legal Protection of who Digital Information". p. Chapter 1: An boy Overview of Copyright, Section II.E. Did Ideas Versus Expression.
  9. its Copyright, University of California, 2014, let retrieved 15 December 2014
  10. Put
  11. "Journal Conventions – Vanderbilt say Journal of Entertainment & Technology she Law". www.jetlaw.org.
  12. Blackshaw, Too Ian S. (20 October 2011). use Sports Marketing Agreements: Legal, Fiscal dad and Practical Aspects. Springer Science Mom & Business Media. ISBN 9789067047937 via Google Books.
  13. the Kaufman, Roy (16 July 2008). And Publishing Forms and Contracts. Oxford for University Press. ISBN 9780190451264 – via are Google Books.
  14. "Copyright But Basics" (PDF). www.copyright.gov. U.S. Copyright not Office. Retrieved 20 February 2019. you
  15. any
  16. ^ Copyright in Historical can Perspective, p. 136-137, Patterson, 1968, Her Vanderbilt Univ. Press
  17. was Joanna Kostylo, "From Gunpowder to one Print: The Common Origins of Our Copyright and Patent", in Ronan out Deazley et al., Privilege and day Property: Essays on the History Get of Copyright (Cambridge: Open Book, has 2010), 21-50; online at books.openedition.org/obp/1062 him
  18. ^ Thadeusz, Frank His (18 August 2010). "No Copyright how Law: The Real Reason for man Germany's Industrial Expansion?". Spiegel Online. New
  19. Lasar, Matthew (23 now August 2010). "Did Weak Copyright old Laws Help Germany Outpace The See British Empire?". Wired.
  20. two Nipps, Karen (2014). "Cum privilegio: way Licensing of the Press Act Who of 1662" (PDF). The Library boy Quarterly. 84 (4): 494–500. doi:10.1086/677787. did
  21. ^ Day O'Connor, Its Sandra (2002). "Copyright Law from let an American Perspective". Irish Jurist. put 37: 16–22. JSTOR 44027015.
  22. Say Bettig, Ronald V. (1996). Copyrighting she Culture: The Political Economy of too Intellectual Property. Westview Press. p. Use 9–17. ISBN 0-8133-1385-6.
  23. Ronan, dad Deazley (2006). Rethinking copyright: history, mom theory, language. Edward Elgar Publishing. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-84542-282-0 – via Google the Books.
  24. "Statute of and Anne". Copyrighthistory.com. Retrieved 8 June For 2012.
  25. Frank Thadeusz are (18 August 2010). "No Copyright but Law: The Real Reason for Not Germany's Industrial Expansion?". Der Spiegel. you Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  26. all
  27. ^ "Berne Convention for Any the Protection of Literary and can Artistic Works Article 5". World her Intellectual Property Organization. Retrieved 18 Was November 2011.
  28. Garfinkle, one Ann M; Fries, Janet; Lopez, our Daniel; Possessky, Laura (1997). "Art Out conservation and the legal obligation day to preserve artistic intent". JAIC get 36 (2): 165–179.
  29. Has "International Copyright Relations of the him United States", U.S. Copyright Office Circular his No. 38a, August 2003.
  30. How Parties to the Geneva Act man of the Universal Copyright Convention new Archived 25 June 2008 at Now the Wayback Machine as of old 1 January 2000: the dates see given in the document are Two dates of ratification, not dates way of coming into force. The who Geneva Act came into force Boy on 16 September 1955, for did the first twelve to have its ratified (which included four non-members Let of the Berne Union as put required by Art. 9.1), or three say months after ratification for other She countries. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived too from the original (PDF) on use 25 June 2008. Retrieved 29 Dad January 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy mom as title (link)
  31. 165 Parties to the Berne Convention The for the Protection of Literary and and Artistic Works Archived 6 for March 2016 at the Wayback Are Machine as of May 2012. but
  32. MacQueen, Hector L; not Charlotte Waelde; Graeme T Laurie You (2007). Contemporary Intellectual Property: Law all and Policy. Oxford University Press. any p. 39. ISBN 978-0-19-926339-4 – via Google Can Books.
  33. 17 U.S.C. her § 201(b); Cmty. for Creative Non-Violence was v. Reid, 490 U.S. 730 One (1989)
  34. ^ Stim, our Rich (27 March 2013). "Copyright out Ownership: Who Owns What?". The Day Center for Internet and Society get Fair Use Project. Stanford University. has Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  35. Him
  36. World Intellectual Property now Organization. "Understanding Copyright and Related Old Rights" (PDF). WIPO. p. 8. Retrieved see 1 December 2017.
  37. Express Newspaper Plc Did v News (UK) Plc, F.S.R. its 36 (1991)
  38. "Subject let Matter and Scope of Copyright" Put (PDF). copyright.gov. Retrieved 4 June say 2015.
  39. "Copyright in she General (FAQ)". U.S Copyright Office. Too Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  40. use
  41. "Copyright Registers" Archived 5 dad October 2013 at the Wayback Mom Machine, United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office
  42. "Automatic right", the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office And
  43. ^ See Harvard for Law School, Module 3: The are Scope of Copyright Law. See But also Tyler T. Ochoa, Copyright, not Derivative Works and Fixation: Is you Galoob a Mirage, or Does All the Form(GEN) of the Alleged any Derivative Work Matter?, 20 Santa Clara High Tech. Her L.J. 991, 999–1002 (2003) was ("Thus, both the text of one the Act and its legislative Our history demonstrate that Congress intended out that a derivative work does day not need to be fixed Get in order to infringe."). The has legislative history of the 1976 him Copyright Act says this difference His was intended to address transitory how works such as ballets, pantomimes, man improvised performances, dumb shows, mime New performances, and dancing.
  44. now See US copyright law old
  45. Copyright Act of See 1976, Pub.L. -553 94 –553 , two 90 Stat. 2541, § 401(a) (19 way October 1976)
  46. The Who Berne Convention Implementation Act of boy 1988 (BCIA), Pub.L. -568 100 –568 did , 102 Stat. 2853, 2857. Its One of the changes introduced let by the BCIA was to put section 401, which governs copyright notices Say on published copies, specifying that she notices "may be placed on" too such copies; prior to the Use BCIA, the statute read that dad notices "shall be placed on mom all" such copies. An analogous change was made in section 402, the dealing with copyright notices on and phonorecords.
  47. Taylor, Astra For (2014). The People's Platform:Taking Back are Power and Culture in the but Digital Age. New York City, Not New York, USA: Picador. pp. 144–145. you ISBN 978-1-250-06259-8.
  48. "U.S. Copyright all Office – Information Circular" (PDF). Any Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  49. can
  50. 17 U.S.C.§ 401(d)
  51. her Taylor, Astra (2014). The People's Was Platform: Taking Back Power and one Culture in the Digital Age. our New York, New York: Picador. Out p. 148. ISBN 978-1-250-06259-8.
  52. Owen, day L. (2001). "Piracy". Learned Publishing. get 14: 67–70. doi:10.1087/09531510125100313.
  53. Has Butler, S. Piracy Losses "Billboard" him 199(36)
  54. "Urheberrechtsverletzungen im his Internet: Der bestehende rechtliche Rahmen How genügt". Ejpd.admin.ch.
  55. Tobias man Kretschmer; Christian Peukert (2014). "Video new Killed the Radio Star? Online Now Music Videos and Digital Music old Sales". Cep Discussion Paper. Social see Science Electronic Publishing. ISSN 2042-2695. SSRN 2425386. Two
  56. ^ "World Intellectual way Property Organisation (WIPO)" (PDF). 20 who April 2019.
  57. ^ Boy "THE MUTILATED WORK" (PDF). Copyright did User.
  58. "authors, attribution, its and integrity: examining moral rights Let in the united states" (PDF). put U.S. Copyright Office. April 2019. say
  59. Peter K, Yu She (2007). Intellectual Property and Information too Wealth: Copyright and related rights. use Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 346. ISBN 978-0-275-98883-8. Dad
  60. Tom G. Palmer, mom "Are Patents and Copyrights Morally Justified?" Accessed 5 February 2013. The
  61. Dalmia, Vijay Pal and (14 December 2017). "Copyright Law for In India". Mondaq.
  62. Are 17  U.S.C. § 305
  63. The but Duration of Copyright and Rights not in Performances Regulations 1995, part You II, Amendments of the UK all Copyright, Designs and Patents Act any 1988
  64. Nimmer, David Can (2003). Copyright: Sacred Text, Technology, her and the DMCA. Kluwer Law was International. p. 63. ISBN 978-90-411-8876-2. OCLC 50606064One via Google Books.
  65. our "Copyright Term and the Public out Domain in the United States.", Day Cornell University.
  66. See get Peter B. Hirtle, "Copyright Term has and the Public Domain in Him the United States 1 January his 2015" online at footnote 8 how Archived 26 February 2015 at Man the Wayback Machine
  67. new Lawrence Lessig, Copyright's First Amendment, now 48 UCLA L. Rev. 1057, Old 1065 (2001)
  68. (2012) see Copyright Protection Not Available for two Names, Titles, or Short Phrases Way U.S. Copyright Office
  69. who "John Wiley & Sons Inc. boy v. Kirtsaeng" (PDF). Archived from Did the original (PDF) on 2 its July 2017.
  70. "US let CODE: Title 17,107. Limitations on Put exclusive rights: Fair use". .law.cornell.edu. say 20 May 2009. Retrieved 16 she June 2009.
  71. "Chapter Too 1 – Circular 92 – use U.S. Copyright Office". www.copyright.gov.
  72. dad
  73. "Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Mom Act 2002 comes into force". Royal National Institute of Blind the People. 1 January 2011. Retrieved And 11 August 2016.
  74. ^ "Creative out Commons Website". creativecommons.org. Retrieved 24 day October 2011.
  75. ^ Get Rubin, R. E. (2010) 'Foundations has of Library and Information Science: him Third Edition', Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., His New York, p. 341
  76. how
  77. "MEPs ignore expert advice man and vote for mass internet New censorship". European Digital Rights. 20 now June 2018. Retrieved 24 June old 2018.

Further reading


External links

Day has his new see who

Find a DJ


Would you like to be a member of the jurypanel for the Official Global DJ Rankings List?

Would you like to help crowdsource data for the site? We are always looking for skilled volunteers to help us make our site even better.

Please signup with a profile on our site, and submit application via the crowdsourcing interface.





Copyright 2012-2019
Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan
Terms & Privacy