Copyright is a form of intellection property which protects the form or manner which an idea or information is expressed. Copyright is not a right that attaches to or protects the information or the idea itself.
In Australia, the Copyright Act 1968 governs the existence of copyright material. Notwithstanding the fact that certain business offering copyright protection or registration services of copyright for a fee, there is no formal registration process or formalities in place for the protection of copyright. Copyright protection is automatically attached to an original work at the time in which it is created.
Once a copyrighted work comes into existence, there are exclusive economic rights that are provided to the creator of the work, for example the right to copy and publish. Additionally, the creators of the copyrighted material are also afforded a bundle of non-economic rights or moral rights in respect of the integrity and attribution of authorship.
Rowe Bristol Lawyers is experienced in providing legal advice and services in relation to copyright, including:
- Providing legal advice in respect of the unauthorised distribution of copyrighted material
- Providing advice and representation in legal proceedings involving copyright disputes