Copyright Definition - Copyright is a legal protection for the creator or of a creative work. This protection allows the creator to control how the work is used and by whom. Also a bundle of exclusive rights conferred by a government on the creator of original literary or artistic works such as books, articles, drawings, photographs, musical compositions, recordings, films, and computer programs. International in scope, copyright grants the creator reproduction, derivation, distribution, performance, and display rights. The Berne Convention mandates that the period of copyright protection cover the life of the author plus 50 years. Current U.S. copyright law is based on the Copyright Act of 1976 and its amendments.
The rights of a Copyright include:
Reproduction Rights - the right to make copies of the protected work
Distribution Rights - the right to sell or otherwise distribute copies of the work
Derivative Rights - the right to alter the work or create a new work based on original
Display Rights - the right to perform or otherwise display the work
A copyrighted work may not be reproduced, copied, distributed or displayed without the consent of the author or person who owns the copyright. Therefore it is important to protect your created works by registering the copyright. Copyright protection last for the life of the author plus seventy years.