Copyright is a legal right that protects the use of creator work once the idea has been physically expressed. Copyright law sets out procedures & rules around how that work can be used. It protects the rights of the owner, as well as the responsibilities of other people who want to use the owner’s work. One can do many things with registered copyright work including, for example copy, change or sell it, share it online or rent it to someone as well as prevent other people from doing those things. Every time we watch an online video, listen to online music, view images online, read an online blog, or enjoy something creative, we are interacting with copyright in some or the other way. Copyright protects the most creative things owners create.
When do you require protection for Copyright?
For your work to be protected by copyright law it needs to be unique, original and tangible.
- Original: - For a work to be original it must be the output of your own skill and Labour or intellectual creation and should not replicate the work of anyone else like imitating a drawing or a painting. Copyright is also used to prevent copying simple things like writing a poem.
- Tangible: - This means that it can’t just be an idea you've had. Instead, you need to have articulated that idea in a physical form. When you make up an idea in your head, it is only protected by copyright from the moment you write down the complete blueprints of it.