Useful Facts About Copyright

Poor Man's Copyright:

The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself in a sealed envelope or package is often referred to as a “poor man’s copyright.” There is no provision in the text of international copyright law that recognises this as a reliable alternative to registration. Therefore the process of placing reliance on the “poor man’s copyright” is not a viable substitute for registration.

Who is responsible for copyright?

Many people believe copyright and intellectual property rights are somehow monitored or policed by the “state”. This is usually untrue. It is entirely in the hands of the copyright / intellectual property rights owners to make sure their interests and rights are protected. The law only provides the necessary apparatus, but it is the copyright owner’s responsibility to use that apparatus. Copyright registration of any piece of original work reinforces proof of copyright ownership.

Who legally owns the copyright?

The general rule is that the author of the work is the first holder of copyright, however, if the work is made by an employee in the course of employment then the employer (not the author) is the first owner of copyright, unless there is an agreement to the contrary between the employer and the employee.

Shared ownership:

Where two or more have created a work protected by copyright and their contributions cannot be distinguished, those people are joint authors and the copyright is shared. Examples include; where one person has written the music and another person has written the lyrics or shared writing a complete song even if the split is not 50 - 50; The law says that two people, the producer and principal director, are joint authors of a film.

Selling or transferring copyright rights:

Copyright is a form of property which, like physical property, can be bought or sold, inherited, licensed or otherwise transferred, wholly or in part. Accordingly, some or all of the rights may subsequently belong to someone other than the first owner and may be shared.  In contrast, the moral rights accorded to authors of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and film directors remain with the author or director or pass to his or her heirs on death.

What can be copyrighted:

Literary works, musical works, and dramatic works. Most digital media, including email, music, web pages, and graphics are also protected by copyright. Realistically, one should accept that anything someone has created and has taken the trouble to put into a tangible form is copyrighted and thus protected.

What cannot be copyright registered:

The Copyright Act

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