Copyright is perhaps one of the most well-known and most widely used intellectual rights. Anyone who is creative is confronted with copyright. The scope of application is therefore very broad: any “work of literature or art” can be subject to copyright protection. For example, paintings, photographs, drawings, literature, film, music, but also web pages, furniture design, syllabi, choreographies and computer programs … may be eligible for copyright protection. Thus, the objects that can be protected by copyright do not belong exclusively to the domain of art and culture.
Copyright ensures that your creations are protected and that you are entitled to compensation for the use of your works. Contrary to what some people think, every work created by someone is automatically (i.e. automatically, without you having to do anything) and free of charge already provided with the copyright and not only after the copyright has been applied for somewhere or after a text has been provided with the copyright symbol (©).
Before one can get this protection, there are always some conditions that have to be met. Copyright protection is only offered to concrete and original forms, whereby only that concrete and original form (way of expression) is protected. Thus, copyright does not protect ideas, thoughts, principles, methods, theories, concepts and opinions in itself.
Copyright is typically a jurisdiction where complex disputes may arise. As mentioned above, a work must be sufficiently original in order to obtain copyright. But when exactly is a work sufficiently original? Or when can I use material that is itself protected by copyright? Or how do I prove that I am the only, real author of a certain work?