What is Copyright?

What is Copyright?

Copyright is a form of intellectual property law that protects original works of authorship. This includes a wide range of creative expressions from books and music to paintings and software. Copyright gives you, the creator, exclusive rights to use, distribute, and modify your work, typically for a lengthy duration (generally 70 years after the death of the creator or after the first year of publication).

Examples of Copyright Protected Works:

  • Literary Works: This category includes not just novels and poetry, but also web content, databases, and computer software.
  • Artistic Works: Paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures are protected, as are architectural designs.
  • Dramatic Works: Plays, screenplays, and scripts can be copyrighted, along with any accompanying music.
  • Music: Compositions, lyrics, and sound recordings have copyright protection, which ensures that musicians and composers are compensated for their work.
  • Film and Video: Motion pictures and other audiovisual works such as television shows and online videos are protected, which extends to even the smallest clips.
  • Architectural Works: Architectural designs, including plans and drawings, are eligible for copyright protection, which is unique among the arts.

Why Protect Your Work?

Copyright protection ensures that you maintain control over your creative works. It allows you to determine how your work is used, who can reproduce it, and how it can be distributed. Moreover, it provides a mechanism to earn revenue through licensing fees and royalties. Importantly, it also protects against unauthorised use, which can dilute the value of your work or misrepresent your intentions. 

How to Secure Copyright Protection

Securing copyright for your work is simpler than most realise. In many jurisdictions, copyright protection is automatic upon the creation of the work, provided it is fixed in a tangible form that can be perceived either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. However, registering your copyright can provide additional legal benefits, including statutory damages in case of infringement.


At Hunt & Hunt Lawyers, we are dedicated to helping creators secure and enforce their copyright rights. If you believe your copyright has been infringed upon, or if you need assistance registering a copyright, our team of experienced intellectual property lawyers is here to help. 

Contact Us

For more detailed information on how we can assist you with your copyright needs, please contact Tyrone Walker ([email protected])