Modernising copyright law
The revision of the Copyright Act is aimed at better exploiting the opportunities presented by the digital age while at the same time combating internat piracy more effectively.
Copyright protects those who create works of art. Art has a broad meaning within this context. Even the design of a chair or graffiti can be protected by copyright (even if the graffiti was created illegally and is considered to be vandalism). In addition, the Copyright Act (CopA) protects the work of performers, music and film producers as well as broadcasting organisations.
Ideas, concepts or instructions (e.g. game rules or recipes) are, however, not protected.
Unlike patent and trade mark protection, copyright protection arises automatically when the work of art is created. There is no copyright register. Copyright protection is of limited duration. Once the period of protection expires, the work falls into the public domain and can then be freely used by everyone. Up until then, however, protection is all-inclusive, which means you need permission to use any copyrighted work.
You can get permission through various avenues:
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