What are the Creators Copyrights
If you are the creator and owner of an original work, you are granted
certain exclusive rights under the Copyright Act. This means you
may license each of the following rights separately, and enforce
- Reproduce your copyright work - as many copies of your work
as you like and apply it to any other work in whole or part.
- Prepare derivative works based on your copyrighted works -
for instance create an article from an extract in your book, or
create a button graphic on your website, then alter its color
and texture for use as other buttons on the site.
- Distribute copies of your copyrighted work to the public by
sale or other transfer of ownership AND prevent others from doing
so, unless agreed in a license
- Perform your copyrighted work publicly in the case of literary,
musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion
pictures and other audiovisual works. As a multimedia publisher
this means you can put your audios and videos online for others
- Display your copyrighted work publicly in the case of literary,
musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial,
graphic, or sculptural works, including individual images of a
motion picture or other audiovisual work. For instance: You may
display your work at an art gallery or on the Web.
- Sell or license any or all of these rights, in part or total.Most
graphics may only be used for a specifed purpose and for limited
duration. You retain all of your other exclusive copyrights in
What is Not Protected by Copyright
Some things are not protected by copyright law, regardless of being
in tangible form. This includes:
- Ideas, concepts and principles
- Systems, procedures and processes, methods of operation
- Lists of contact details, directories [except where compiled
using a unique methodology.
An exception to copyright law is work 'made for hire'. In this
case, the work does not belong to its creator - it belongs to whoever
is paying for your time to complete the work - your employer, or
client. If you wish to retain your copyright, you must ensure that
this is specifically included in your employment contract or contract
Copyright ownership of the person paying your remuneration can
even apply to work done outside your job or during your own time.
Standard employment agreements cover anything created during your
term of employment.
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