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International Copyrights.

Copyright relates to literary and artistic creations, such as books, music, paintpaintings and sculptures, films and technology-based works. (such as computer programs and electronic databases).

In certain languages, copyright is referred to as authors’ rights. Although international law has brought about some convergence, this distinction reflects an historic difference in the evolution of these rights that is still reflected in many copyright systems.

What is The Meaning of Copyright? ©

The expression "copyright" refers to the act of copying an original work which, in respect of literary and artistic creations, may be done only by the author or with the author’s permission. The expression authors’ rights refers to the creator of an artistic work, its author, thus underlining that, as recognized in most laws, authors have certain specific rights in their creations that only they can exercise, which are often referred to as moral rights, such as the right to prevent distorted reproductions of the work.

Other rights, such as the right to make copies, can be exercised by third parties with the author’s permission, for example, by a publisher who obtains a license to this effect from the author.

Copyright Protection & Copyright Law

Unlike protection for inventions, copyright law and the associated concept of related or neighboring rights protects only the form of expression of ideas, not the ideas themselves.

The works protected by copyright are creative with regard to the choice and arrangement of the medium of expression such as words, musical notes, colors and shapes. Copyright protects the owner of the exclusive property rights against those who copy or otherwise take and use theparticular form in which the original work was expressed.

It is possible for authors and creators to create, have rights in and exploit a work very similar to the creation of another author or creator without infringing copyright, as long as the work of another author or creator was not copied. From this basic difference between inventions and literary and artistic works, it follows that the legal protection provided to each also differs.

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Since protection for inventions gives a monopoly right to exploit an idea, such protection is short in duration – usually about 20 years. The fact that the invention is protected must also be made known to the public. This involves issuing an official notification that a specific, fully described invention is the property of a specific owner for a fixed number of years. In other words, the protected invention must be disclosed publicly in an official register.

What Can Be Protected By Copyright?

Exhaustive lists of works covered by copyright are usually not to be found in legislation. Nonetheless, broadly speaking, works commonly protected by copyright throughout the world include:

  • literary works such as novels, poems, plays, reference works, newspaper articles.
  • computer programs, databases.
  • films, musical compositions, and choreography.
  • artistic works such as paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculpture.
  • architecture.
  • advertisements, maps, and technical drawings.

Copyright protection extends only to expressions, and not to ideas, procedures, methods of operation or mathematical concepts as such. Copyright may or may not be available for a number of objects such as titles, slogans, or logos, depending on whether they contain sufficient authorship.

What Rights Does Copyright Give Me?

There are two types of rights encompassed by copyright:

  • economic rights, which allow the rights owner to derive financial reward from the use of their works by others.
  • moral rights, which protect the non-economic interests of the author.

Most copyright laws state that the rights owner has the economic right to authorize or prevent certain uses in relation to a work or, in some cases, to receive remuneration for the use of their work (such as through collective management). The economic rights owner of a work can prohibit or authorize.

  • its reproduction in various forms, such as printed publication or sound recording.
  • its public performance, such as in a play or musical work.
  • its recording, for example, in the form of compact discs or DVDs.
  • its broadcasting, by radio, cable or satellite.
  • its translation into other languages.
  • its adaptation, such as a novel into a film screenplay.

Examples of widely recognized moral rights include the right to claim authorship of a work and the right to oppose changes to a work that could harm the creator's reputation.

How Long Does Copyright Protection Last?

Economic rights have a time limit, which can vary according to national law. In those countries which are members of the Berne Convention, the time limit should be equal to or longer than 50 years after the creator’s death. Longer periods of protection may however be provided at the national level. 

International Copyright Registration Online.

When you register the copyrights of your songs, lyrics or music with Songrite Global Copyright Office you will receive the following registration documents.

- An Official individually numbered Copyright Certificate that is accepted and recognised in more than 180 countries.
2 - A Song Composite Document which includes all relevant details contained within the registered works.
3 - An Authors Safe Storage Contract which guarantees the safe storage of the registered works.
4 - If you include your Album Cover / Artwork / Logo an additional document will also be issued.
5 - If you include your Band Name / Performers Name / Stage Name an additional document will also be issued

These copyright registration documents are effective as from the day of issue and will last for your whole lifetime plus a minimum of fifty years (50 years)

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Online International Copyright Registration of Songs - Music and Lyrics:

All works are registered through the "Songrite Copyright Office"

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Songrite Copyright Office Registers Songs - Lyrics & Music Direct Online or by Regular Mail

Songrite Copyright Office are an internationally respected copyright registration service specialising in songs, music and lyrics. Songrite Copyright Office are leaders in the field of international copyright registration.- Songrite Copyright Office for Songs - Music and lyrics Registration

You can register your songs, music and lyrics direct online or by regular mail. - Visit Songrite Global Copyright Office

This copyright registration service is used by both professional and aspiring songwriters and composers to register and securely store copies of their original songs, music and lyrics. (Songwriters and composers deposit copies of their work as legal evidence and proof of copyright ownership).

A Copyright Certificate of Registration provides solid proof and acts as legal evidence to support the named claimant as the registered copyright owner of the work as described upon the said certificate. (as from the date of registration). This unequivocal evidence can be used in a court of law to support your claim should a dispute or an infringement occur. We also retain backup copies of your work that are time stamped as from the date of registration.

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