Fundamentals of Copyright Law.pngWhat 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.

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