What is a Copyright?
A copyright is a set of rights given to authors and artists to control the use of their original creative works. Copyright law exists to promote and further artistic creativity. As a result, copyrights provide incentives to artists by providing exclusive rights for commercial exploitation of original works. These rights include the right to exclude others from making and distributing copies of a work, creating derivative works, and performing or displaying a work publicly. Examples of works that can be subject to copyright protection include computer software, literature, music, sound recordings, architecture, audiovisual works, pictures, graphic art, jewelry, and sculptures.