| This page provides all the basic information there is about
the copyright laws.
It does not cover any country's law in particular.
When comparing this document to the particular laws of each country discrepancies may arise.
However, copyright laws vary from country to country but as a rule do not contravene or provide less copyright protection, provided the country in question is a member.
Copyright is a protection that covers published and unpublished literary, scientific and artistic works, whatever the form of expression, provided such works are fixed in a tangible or material form.
Copyright laws grant the creator the exclusive right to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute, perform and display the work publicly. Exclusive means only the creator of such work, not anybody who has access to it.The Copyright law makes work secure for the creator of a creative effort the exclusive right to control who can make copies, or make works derived from the original work. There are many international variations.
The law requires that it exist in some tangible form i.e. a graphic, sculpture or text etc. It has to be unique and creative, not just any factual data. Anything written is going to be a creative work including anything photographed, sculpted, drawn or recorded.
There are no "international copyrights" that enable you protect your work throughout the world. However, most countries are members of the Berne Convention and the Universal Copyright Convention ( The UCC), which allow you to protect your works in countries of which you are not a citizen.
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