Copyright is one of the most essential part of every type of creative work. Whether you are software developer, designer, book writer, jewelcrafter, photographer, handicraftsman, 3D designer, painter, musician, youtuber or any other type of content creator your work is nearly entirely dependent on your copyright. Without your copyright you would not be able to make money with work your create because you would not own it and hold the rights attach to it. Copyright system protects you and your work in huge extent.
The basic rule of copyright is that it only protects the expressions of the work, not the idea itself. That means if you create epic story in your head and you only want to write it down sometime in future (it is not yet written) and someone else write same or similar story sooner than you, then the copyright belongs to him, because he expressed this story into something real. The fact that it was written in digital form or on the paper is irrelevant.
Same principle applies to every kind of copyrightable work.
What is copyright?
Copyright is a term describing the rights of creators to their own work. By work we mean intellectual creations ranging from computer programs, songs, videos, paintings, drawings to novels, poems or articles.
Copyright consists of various exclusive rights to your work.
The copyright extends to various creative works as long as the work itself has a tangible form and is not just an idea.
There is no mandatory registration for copyright in most countries. However there are local copyright registries in some countries which can register your work for a fee and thus help you solve disputes in future in your favour. All these have their own requirements and you should consult with pertinent registry or IP law specialist to find out more about these.
No, you do not need to use © symbol notice in order to have your work protected by the copyright. However, the © symbol notice is a good way to show others that the work in question is protected by copyright and that rights are reserved by you.
There is no mandatory registration for copyright. However there are local copyright registries in some countries which can register your work for a fee and thus help you solve disputes in future better. All these have their own requirements and you should consult with pertinent registry to find out what are the specifics.
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There are two main types of rights – moral rights and economic rights.
Moral rights can include right to claim authorship of a work and right to defend yourself against unauthorized changes to your work which can harm your reputation as author of the work.
Economic rights allow you to authorize or prohibit use of your work in various ways such as reproduction, translation, publishment, broadcast or adaptation of the work. There are many other rights or adjacent rights.
The copyright protection is very long in comparisson to other types of intellectual property rights. It mostly lasts at least 50 or more years from the death of creator of the work.
There are various ways of monetizing your work protected by copyright. If you are author of work, for instance article or book writer, designer, illustrator, game developer you probably already know the value of your creations. This value is heavy connected to your copyright to these creations. And thus if you do not protect your work properly, you can loose money gain or in worse scenario also authorship.
Some general options used to make money with your work protected by copyright is to sell this work or to license it. The exact way of making money depends on the type of work as there are certainly different options of monetization if we are speaking of video game or e-book.