How can I prove that I am the author of a work?

There is no copyright register as copyright protection arises automatically. In the case of a dispute, there are various ways of proving that you are the author of a work.


  • You could call witnesses.
  • You could provide your work to a notary or attorney, which would prove that you had access to the work at a certain point in time.
  • Finally, the Swiss Copyright Act (CopA) recognises “presumption of authorship”. As long as it is not proven otherwise, the author is the person whose name, pseudonym or sign appears on the copies or are given when the work is published.
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