Basic Information on Copyright (FAQ’s)

What is Copyright?

Copyright may be defined as form of intellectual property which protects the rights of authors and creator of literary and artistic works.  It refers to the main act in which, in respect of literary and artistic creation, may be made only by the author or with his authorization.  Works are protected by the sole fact of their creation.  Irrespective of their mode or form of expression, as well as their content, quality and purpose.

What Types of Rights does Copyright Provide?

a. Economic Rights: refer to the rights of the author or copyright owner to derive financial reward from the use of his works by others.

b. Moral Rights: refer to the rights of the author to claim authorship of the work (Right of Paternity) and the right to restrain the use of his name with respect to any work not of his own creation or a distorted version of his work.

What is Covered by Copyright?

Copyright covers literary and artistic works, which is understood to include every original work of authorship regardless of artistic or literary merit.

Work covered by copyright include but are not limited to literary works such as novels, poems and plays; newspaper articles; films and television programs; letters; artistic works including paintings, sculptures, drawing and photographs; architecture; computer programs; and advertisements, maps and technical drawings.

How Long Does Copyright subsist?

In general, the term of protection of works under copyright covers the lifetime of the author and fifty (50) years after his death.

Source: National Library of the Philippines

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