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They make it easier to understand copyright and navigate through the subject, its terminology and structures.
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What is copyright?
International copyright law
There are international agreements to provide protection for authors and creators while allowing their work to be translated, produced and enjoyed by audiences worldwide.
The Berne Convention
Before the Berne Convention, there was very little protection for authors outside their home country. The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works is an international copyright agreement that covers an artist when their work is published or produced outside their country of origin. It protects their right to authorise translations, reproductions, adaptations, performances, broadcasts or other communication of their work.
World Intellectual Property Organization
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the agency that administers the Berne Convention for member countries in the United Nations.
The organisation’s view is that the creation of new artistic works is key to our quality of life. And so they work to provide artists with the protection to encourage them to continue to innovate without fear of losing their rights or the rewards of their creative labour.
The EU Copyright Directive
The EU Copyright Directive (2001/29/EC), is a directive (of the European Union) to implement the WIPO Copyright Treaty as well as bringing together various elements of copyright law in Europe. The idea is to establish a system to try to ensure that competition is not distorted within the internal market.
Sound recordings and performers rights are covered by the Rome Convention.
Protecting your work internationally
You don’t have to take any special action to protect your work internationally, but you should follow the advice on this site about marking your work as copyright protected.
Copyright gives creators the right to control what happens to their creations. You may use a copyright protected work only if you have been given permission by the copyright owner or by law.
If you're a creator, whether or not you're a "professional", copyright protects all your work too. It means you can decide how other people can use your work, and means they should get permission before using your work.
Copyright belongs to the person who created an original work. If they create something as part of their job, it belongs to their employer. The owner of copyright can transfer it to someone else if they want, or they can give someone permission to use the work without giving away the ownership. When permission is granted for usage of a work it's often referred to as a licence.
To avoid infringing copyright law, you need permission before you use someone else's work. When permission is granted it will usually be subject to various conditions, often including a fee which ensures the creator gets paid for their work. If you are a creator, copyright owner or a user of copyright protected works, you may find it useful to get in touch with a copyright organisation to help you manage your work, get paid or get the permission you need.
Copyright exists in most countries and while the law varies around the world the same general principles apply in most territories. There are international copyright agreements to provide protection for authors and creators while allowing their work to be translated, produced and enjoyed by audiences worldwide.
Copyright is also important in education. In their day-to-day work, teachers, lecturers and other academic staff use a wide range of creative resources – such as books, newspapers, websites, TV programmes, films and music.
Copyright law applies to the work you create and use no matter what age you are.
There are some exceptions to copyright defined in the law that allow you to use a work for some educational or private uses, amongst others without getting permission first. Some new exceptions have recently been created in UK law.