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What you should know About Copyright Law

What is copyright law? This is a law that protects an individual’s work from being used somewhere else unless with his or her permission. These types of work can be literally, dramatic, musical, including sound recordings, films, movies, and broadcasts. This law ensures that people are original in their work and they do not reproduce someone’s work. All countries in the world have this law that protects intellectuals’ properties. We have heard cases where someone has reproduced somebody else’s work. This is a severe violation of the law that makes the victim pay huge penalties depending on how severe the damages caused by the violation are. You need to know that you are only allowed to use someone’s work if he has permitted you to. If you use subsets of someone’s work, then ensure that you give him/her credit for it. Below is what you should know about copyright law and the type of works that are protected by copyright law:

Literary works

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Literary works are all the works that are expressed in writings, spoken and those that are sung apart from musical and dramatic works. Examples of literary work are, collections of poems, books, business letters can be an example of this too. Literary works can be defined as all the works that are imaginative. It is also known as creative writings or literary compositions. Most people lack originality and may tend to reproduce, novels, storybooks, and even poems without knowing that individuals protect their innovative pieces with the copyright law.

 

Musical works

Musical works are plays or films whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and to a great extent may involve dancing. Musical works are works that are characterized by pleasing melodies. Music works refer to all types of music ranging from gospel, hip-hop, and reggae, the list is endless of course. Musical works include the lyrics and also the musical notes not forgetting the orchestra and harmony. Never should you be tempted to use somebody’s music on your own because it is protected too.

Dramatic works

What are dramatic works? This refers to the creative pieces of dance and mimes. What are mimes? Mimes are performances using gestures and body movements without words. They may also include facial expressions. People can dance without singing in this dance, and they only use gestures and body movements with their own recorded beats. If such works are under the copyright law, then any reconstruction of the piece will put you in trouble unless you have the owner’s permission.

Artistic works

lawyerBy artistic works, what are we referring to? Artistic works are works to do with photos, sculpture, graphic works and designs, architecture and such like. Works of art are those creative works that you can visualize. For instance, you cannot reproduce someone’s drawings unless you have his permission or you are working with him. A lot of people depend on their works of art and have protected their work under the copyright law which is why you need to consult them before anything.…

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