Copyright Law: Understanding Creative Rights and Intellectual Property Protection

Copyright Law: Understanding Creative Rights and Intellectual Property Protection


Copyright law plays a fundamental role in safeguarding the rights of creators and promoting innovation in the creative industries.

What is copyright law?

Copyright refers to the legal right of the owner of intellectual property. This means that the original creators of products and anyone they give authorization to are the only ones with the exclusive right to reproduce the work.

It covers a wide range of creative expressions, including literary works, music, films, art, software, and more.

Rights and Protections:

Rights of Copyright Holders: Copyright grants creators a bundle of exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display, perform, and create derivative works based on their original creations. These rights empower creators to commercialize their works and prevent unauthorized use.

Duration of Copyright Protection: Copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 60 years. This protection has a limited duration, which varies depending on the country and the type of work. Understanding the copyright duration is crucial for determining when a work enters the public domain, and becoming freely available for anyone to use.

Moral Rights: In addition to economic rights, some jurisdictions recognize moral rights, which protect the integrity and attribution of work and allow creators to object to modifications that could harm their reputation.

Challenges Faced by Copyright in the Digital World:

  1. Copyright & internet:

Copyrighted works on the internet include news, stories, images, graphics, e-books, screenplay, videos, etc. The Internet has been a medium for downloading software or files to the hard disk of one`s computer. Downloading involves creating a copy or reproducing the copy of the material available on the internet.

  1. Social Media: These days Social Media platforms have become one of the prominent modes of connecting people across the globe. These platforms involve the sharing of works which may be copyrighted. These platforms involve the sharing of works which may be copyrighted. The widespread practice of sharing materials such as images, and photographs on Social Media has resulted in gross infringements of copyrights.

Copyright violations on social media platforms can be in the form of as following:

a. Reposting or sharing the posts that are already under protection.

b. Using the content available on the platform without permission of the owner. 

  1. Software: Software consists of many computer programs and information. Software piracy is mostly the reason for copyright infringements.

Software piracy may involve:

a. Copying programs and selling them.

b. Selling the hardware parts, in which computer programs are available.

c. Selling the software programs using CD-R technology.

  1. Multimedia Work:

Multimedia encompasses several categories of material which include text, sounds, audio, video, images, graphics, presentations, live videos of speech and performances, and so on.

A variety of rights available to copyright owners under the span of multimedia as follows:

Infringement, copying work without permission, creating prints without prior permission of the creator.


As technology continues to advance, copyright legislation will evolve to address new challenges, ensuring that intellectual property rights are respected and upheld in the ever-changing landscape of the creative industries.

At PATHtoIP®, we ensure that every client receives exceptional results through high-quality copyright research. As an experienced firm, we are dedicated to providing copyright protection and delivering results capable of reaching your goals.



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