Copyright is an exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video, etc, works granted such right by law on, are protected for the lifetime of the author or creator and for a period of 50 years after his or her death. It is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work have exclusive rights for its use and distribution. The exclusive rights are not absolute but limited by limitations and exceptions to copyright law, including fair use.
Copyright is the ownership of an intellectual property within the limits prescribed by a particular nation's or international law.
Rights are associated with a copyright:
(1) Reproduce the work in any form, language, or medium.
(2) Adapt or derive more works from it.
(3) Make and distribute its copies.
(4) Perform it in public.
(5) Display or exhibit it in public.
- Protection - Copyright prevents work from being stolen or misused by others. Copyright law rewards and protects creative endeavour by giving the sole right to publish or use your work in any number of ways.
- Public notice of ownership - It establishes a public record of the copyright holder's ownership. Registration of a copyright creates a public record of the copyright claim, which makes it more difficult for anyone to argue lack of knowledge of the claim .The work will be published in the Copyright Office’s Catalogue and will be searchable to the public.
- Moral Rights - Copyright allows the holder of the copyright to object to uses of their work that they find morally objectionable. This means that no one, including the person who owns the copyright, is allowed to distort, mutilate or otherwise modify your work in any way that is prejudicial to your honour or reputation.
- Ability to bring an infringement suit - Registration grants a copyright owner the right to sue for copyright infringement.
- Validity - The owner of a registered copyright receives a certificate of registration. This can prevent future challenges to your rights in the work. If made before or within 5 years of publication, establishes sufficient evidence in court concerning the validity of the copyright and the facts stated in the copyright certificate.
- Legal evidence of ownership - If somebody takes your work, registration will avoid a costly dispute over the actual ownership. Your copyright registration will provide proof of your ownership and relieve you of this legal burden.