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What is Copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided to authors of original works of authorship – these include literary, artistic and dramatic works, musical compositions and other creations. Copyright protects the authors’ original expressions as contained in the work.

The Copyright Owner has the exclusive right to exercise or control the following rights:

  1. Reproduction of the work (reprographic);
  2. Dramatization, translation, adaptation, abridgement, arrangement, other transformation of the work;
  3. Public distribution of the work by sale or other forms of transfer of ownership;
  4. Rental of the work embodied in a sound recording, computer program, data compilation or graphic form;
  5. Public display of the work;
  6. Public performance of the work;
  7. Other communication to the public of the work.

The term of Copyright is: life of the author, plus fifty years.


Distinct and separate from Copyright or Economic Rights is Moral Rights:

  1. To require that the authorship of the work be attributed to him, in particular that his name, as far as practicable, be indicated in a prominent way on the copies, and in connection with the public use of his work;
  2. To make any alteration of his work prior to or to withold it from publication;
  3. To object to any distortion, mutilation, or other modification of, or other derogatory action in relation to, his work which would be prejudicial to his honor or reputation and;
  4. To restrain the use of his name with respect to any work not of his own creation or in a distorted version of his work

Term of Moral Right is: Life of the Author plus fifty years.


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