Definition

Is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their literary and artistic works. The domain of copyright is the protection of literary and artistic works. These include writings, music, and works of the fine arts, such as paintings and sculptures, films, maps, technical drawings and technology-based works such as computer programs and electronic databases.

Assignment

Firstly, the owner of the work has the right to assign copyright in the work to another person. On assignment of copyright all of the author�s rights will pass to the assignee. All assignments of copyright must be in writing and must be signed by the assignor and there must be a mutual intention between the assignor and assignee for the copyright ownership to pass to the assignee. Assignment of copyright in future works is also possible and the assignment will become effective as soon as the work comes into existence.

Litigation

Copyright is infringed where there is unauthorised copying, reproduction or adaptation of a substantial portion of a copyrighted work. Copyright may also be infringed through dealing in infringing copies or permitting an unauthorised public performance of a protected literary or musical work.

The Copyright Law Section deals with all matters relating to copyright, including:

  • Registration of copyright in cinematograph films
  • Litigation, including piracy (civil and criminal litigation)
  • Licenses, assignment and other agreements
  • Information technology and computer law