|Copyright protection applies to a number of
categories of work, including artistic, dramatic,
literary and musical works and categories of work
which approximate to these categories. Among the
latter are computer programs, which are given
written expression in specialised languages and are
therefore protected as "literary works". Copyright
can also extend to logos and product packaging.
It is a requirement for the subsistence of copyright
that the work must be 'original', which means that
the work must be originated by the author, without
derivation or copying from a pre-existing work.
Copyright entitles the author to prevent others from
copying a work, issuing copies to the public,
performing, showing or broadcasting the work in
Copyright generally subsists in the author or
co-author of the work. However, there are a number
of exceptions to this general principle (e.g. the
work is made by an employee in the course of
employment, in which case the employer is the first
owner of any copyright in the work, subject to any
agreement to the contrary).
There is no State system of protecting copyright by
way of registration similar to patents, designs and
trade marks as copyright automatically subsists in a
qualified work. If possible the work should be dated
by the author and sent by way of registered post to
him/herself in order to assist in proof of both
title and date of title.
For queries on copyright, including whether
copyright subsists in a particular work and the
duration of protection or on questions of copyright
infringement and related matters it is advisable to
contact a patent attorney.
|In 1836, Professor N.Callan
invented the induction coil.