Revision to copyright law
The revision to copyright law is aimed at better exploiting the opportunities presented by the digital age while at the same time combating internat piracy more effectively.
Copyright law also regulates the related rights of performing artists, producers of phonograms and broadcasting companies.
|What is protected?||Works of literature and art (including|
|How does it become protected?||Automatically at the moment of creation|
|Minimum requirements||Literary and artistic creations of|
the mind that possess an individual
|No protection for||• Content (i.e. ideas and concepts)|
• Laws and official decrees
• Decisions by authorities
• Means of payment
• Patent documents
|What are the exceptions?||Private use, citations, back-up copies|
and reporting of current events
|Scope of protection||Defined by the specific work|
|Period of protection||Up to 70 years after the death of the|
author (50 years for computer programs)
|Indications of protection||©, “Copyright”, “All rights reserved”,|
“Tous droits réservés” or similar
|Application fees (CH)||None|
|Renewal / maintenance fees (CH)||None|
|Unique to Switzerland||Collective rights management organisations:|
SUISA, SUISSIMAGE, ProLitteris,
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