A copyright prohibits others from copying your work without your permission. Copyright is the exclusive ‘right to copy’ a creative work or allow someone else to do so, and applies to all original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. These include writings like booksand plays, music, songs, sound recordings, sculptures, paintings, photographs, images, films, film scripts, television and radio programs, performances, digital copyrights, safety instructions, how-to manuals, prospectus, web pages computer programs and communication signals.
Registration of a copyright gives you a certificate that states you are the copyright owner. You can use this certificate in court as evidence of ownership. Being on the Copyright Register also helps with finding an owner when permission to use a work is sought.
ProtectionYou do not have copyright protection for the following:
Website copyright and copyright a name. Trademark governs website domain names, slogans, text (word/phrase), names and Logos.
More InformationWhy must you register your Copyright:
- Registering a Copyright will create a public record showing you as the owner.
- Registered Copyright will become the evidence you need to prove your ownership.
- You can license your work and charge fees for the use of your work.
- Protection is the ultimate reason for registering your Copyright.