13 Facts About Copyright


Copyright is a type of intellectual property that gives its owner the exclusive right to copy, distribute, adapt, display, and perform a creative work, usually for a limited time.

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Copyright is intended to protect the original expression of an idea in the form of a creative work, but not the idea itself.

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The Copyright Act of 1814 extended more rights for authors but did not protect British from reprinting in the US.

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Copyright laws allow products of creative human activities, such as literary and artistic production, to be preferentially exploited and thus incentivized.

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Copyright has developed into a concept that has a significant effect on nearly every modern industry, including not just literary work, but forms of creative work such as sound recordings, films, photographs, software, and architecture.

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Copyright law was enacted rather late in German states, and the historian Eckhard Hoffner argues that the absence of copyright laws in the early 19th century encouraged publishing, was profitable for authors, led to a proliferation of books, enhanced knowledge, and was ultimately an important factor in the ascendency of Germany as a power during that century.

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The Universal Copyright Convention was drafted in 1952 as another less demanding alternative to the Berne Convention, and ratified by nations such as the Soviet Union and developing nations.

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Copyright laws are standardized somewhat through these international conventions such as the Berne Convention and Universal Copyright Convention.

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The United States Copyright Office says the technique is not a substitute for actual registration.

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The Digital Millennium Copyright Act prohibits the manufacture, importation, or distribution of devices whose intended use, or only significant commercial use, is to bypass an access or copy control put in place by a copyright owner.

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Transfer or licence may have to meet particular formal requirements in order to be effective, for example under the Australian Copyright Act 1968 the copyright itself must be expressly transferred in writing.

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Under the US Copyright Act, a transfer of ownership in copyright must be memorialized in a writing signed by the transferor.

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Copyright licenses known as open or free licenses seek to grant several rights to licensees, either for a fee or not.

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