Copyright Protection

Copyright Protection

            Copyright is a legal term that describes the rights bestowed to a creator for his or her artistic and literary works. In the United States, copyright is a type of protection made available by the country’s laws to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including artistic, musical, dramatic, literary, and such other intellectual works (“Copyright Basics”). To be specific, the works covered by copyright include database and computer programs, newspapers, reference works, plays, poems and novels; choreography, musical compositions, and films; sculpture, photographs, drawings, and paintings, architecture, and technical drawings, maps and advertisements (“Copyright and Related Rights”).

Commencement of Copyright Protection

            There is no need to claim or to register for copyright in some manner since the law acknowledges that from the time of creation, protection is considered automatic (“The Basics of Copyright”). Therefore, from the time a design is given a physical appearance, it is instantly protected by copyright. This strengthens the aspect that even an unpublished work can be protected.

Expiration of Copyright

            For a particular invention or work, the period of copyright depends on a number of factors and conditions; however, as a general rule for all kinds or works, for works invented or created after January 1, 1978, the copyright protection endures during the lifetime of the author and an additional 70 years after the author’s death (“Copyright Basics”). On the other hand, “for a pseudonymous work, an anonymous work, or a work made for hire, the copyright lasts for a term of 120 years from the year of its creation, or a period of 95 years from the year of its initial publication, whichever ends first” (“Copyright Basics”).

Famous © Symbol

            The © symbol is a copy right notice are found on copies of a work in order to signify that the product is under a copyright ownership. Although the use of a copyright notice or symbol was formerly compulsory as a condition to indicate the copyright protection for the work; however, at present it is only discretionary.

Conclusion

Copyright is a legal concept acted out by the government to provide restricted rights to the inventor of a work to direct its circulation for a certain period. Therefore, the objective of copyright is to encourage the creation of novel works and other various inventions by granting the authors and inventors the rightful management of their works and discoveries, as well as profit from their original creations.

Works Cited

“Copyright and Related Basics.” n.d. World Intellectual Property Organization. 11 November 2008 <http://www.wipo.int/about-ip/en/copyright.html>.

“Copyright Basics.” July 2008. U.S. Copyright Office. 11 November 2008 <http://www.copyright.gov/>.

 “The Basics of Copyright.” n.d. Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology. 11 November 2008 <http://www.x4l.org/resources/surfx4l/The%20Basics%20of%20Copyright_HTML/page_04.htm>.