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About Copyright and Neighbouring Right

What is Copyright?

Copyright constitutes an intellectual property right that grants exclusive protection to the creator of the work.

In particular, the creator of a work includes the:

  • author;
  • music composer;
  • painter;
  • designer;
  • sculptor;
  • turner;
  • engraver;
  • sound recording producer;
  • producer of the first fixation of film;
  • program broadcaster in a country;
  • owner of the material on which a photograph was taken;
  • computer programmer; and
  • database manufacturer.

Copyright is acquired automatically, without the need to file the work or submit an application and the exploitation right can be exercised automatically.

What can be protected by Copyright?

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