A bundle of rights including, interlaid, rights of reproduction, communication to the public, adaptation and translation of the work is called copyrights. Copyright is a right given by the law to creators of literary, dramatic, and musical, software development, artistic works and sound recordings. There could be slight variations in the composition of the rights depending on the work.

In other words, it is the exclusive right to copy or to reproduce a work, wholly or in:

  • Part in any material form
  • Power to prevent the unauthorized copying, distribution and public usage of ones work.
  • Right compensation/ reward to the original developer of software.

Benefits of copyright protection

Copyright gives the creators of a wide range of material, such as literature, art, music, sound recordings, films and broadcasts, economic rights. It enables them to control use of their material in a number of ways, such as by making copies, issuing copies to the public, performing in public, broadcasting and use on-line. The purpose of copyright is to allow creators to gain economic rewards for their efforts and so encourage future creativity and the development of new material which benefits us all.

Copyright also gives moral rights to be identified as the creator of certain kinds of material, and to object to distortion or mutilation of it. Copyright material is usually the result of creative skill and/or significant labour and/or investment, and without protection. It would often be very easy for others to exploit material without paying the creator.