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What is copyright?  

Copyright is a lawful locution reciting rights provided to authors for their literary and artistic labor. Copyright laws exist to defend our intellectual property. They turn it illicit to duplicate somebody else's articulation of ideas or data without authorization. This can comprehend instrumental art, visual art, composed words, moving pictures, and a diverseness of other media. At a time, a project was just protected by copyright if it included a legal ownership trademark.
According to regulations established in 1989, projects are now legal ownership secured with or without the inclusion of this symbol.
Anyone who copies copyrighted substances can be prosecuted in a court of regulation. Apart from the fact that the form or content of the authentic project may or may not be alternated, any substance similar to the authentic can be shown, and may be judged as a violation.

What does copyright cover?

The kind of work covered embraces: literary work; databases; films, musical compositions, and choreography; artistic works; architecture; and advertisements, maps and technical drawings.

What privileges does copyright offer?

The authentic authors secured and their heirs have basic privileges. They are the ones in title to exclusive privilege to utilize or authorize others to use the work on agreed terms. The author has the right to prohibit or authorize: the work's reproduction in different forms, public performance, recordings, broadcasting, translation, or adaptation.
Many creative works secured demand mass circulation, communication and financial investment for their public exposure.
The economic privileges do not last forever, as a matter of fact they have a time limit, and according to the relevant WIPO agreements, a 50 year-limit after the creator's death. National regulation may set longer time-limits. The limit gives time to both authors and their heirs to benefit financially. Copyright preservation embraces moral privileges as well; these involve the privilege to claim authorship, and the privilege to deny changes being done to it, as it could harm the creator's reputation.
The creator or proprietor of the legal ownership can enforce privileges by inspection of premises for evidence of reproduction. The proprietor has the right to stop such activities with the appropriate court orders, as well as claiming damages for loss of financial rewards and recognition.

Is every single work secured?

As a matter of fact, no they are not. The Copyright Act only defends works that express authentic ideas or data. For instance, here are some works that you could borrow without being in danger of committing a copyright violation:
Compilations of readily obtainable data, works published by the U.S. government, facts and finally, works in the public domain.

Are ideas, manners or concepts secured by legal ownership?

Copyright preservation extends only to expressions. This has been confirmed by the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the WIPO Copyright agreement as well.

Can facts be copyrighted?

Yes, but only sometimes. Any 'facts' published as the results of individual research are taken into account.

What are legal ownership associated privileges?

The associated privileges developed around copyrighted works, and offer rights that are similar to it, although they are more limited and have shorter duration. The rights are offered to performing artists in their performances, producers of sound recordings in their recordings and broadcasting associations.

What is the reason I should defend legal ownership?

Copyright gives economic rewards and recognition to many creators and authors, but it is more than just that: copyright is encouraging artists, creators and authors to continue on what they do and what they do is essential to humanity and creativity. Under these privileges, authors are certain that their work will circulate without having the chance of being copied by any unauthorized person or entity. Culture, knowledge, and entertainment all over the world are more enjoyable and reachable this way, so respecting the privileges and restrictions is an improvement for all.

Is there a registration requirement to be secured?

Copyright itself does not depend on official methods. As soon as it exists, a work is judged secured by copyright. According to the Berne Convention for the preservation of Literary and Artistic Works, in the countries party to that convention, literary and artistic works are secured without any protocols. Even though WIPO does not offer any kind of legal ownership registration pattern, many nations have their own copyright office and their own regulations allowing registration of works for the aims of marking and branding titles. Registration can also be useful as prima facie evidence in a court of regulation, in some countries.

How are legal ownership and associated privileges secured on the Web?

There were two agreements concluded in 1996 at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. The first one, the WIPO Copyright agreement (WCT), handles preservation for authors of literary and artistic work; authentic databases; musical works; audiovisual works; works of fine art and photographs. The other one is the WIPO Performances and Phonograms agreement (WPPT) which defends 'associated privileges': privileges of performers and producers of phonograms.
The aim of the two agreements is to update and supplement previous WIPO agreements on legal ownership and associated privileges, to respond to developments in technology and marketplace. The markets have changed and improved since the Berne and Rome Conventions were adopted. The WCT and the WPPT have sometimes called 'the Web agreements' to the challenges posed by today's digital technologies.
The two agreements demand nations to provide a framework of basic privileges, allowing authors to control and/or be compensated for the different ways in which their work is used by others. In the digital environment, as both agreements clarify, the existing privileges continue to apply and other new privileges are stated. But the agreements also clarify that nations can establish exceptions or limitations to privileges in the digital environment. For uses considered to be in the public interest, countries may grant exceptions. Nations need to offer not only the privileges but two kinds of technological privileges, so holders can use technology to defend their privileges and to license their online work. The first one is known as the anti-fraud provision. It attacks the hacking problem, demanding nations to offer legal preservation and effective methods against the technological measures fraud. The second one prohibits the alteration or deletion of the data that goes along with secured substances, recognizes the work, its author, performer, or proprietor, and the terms and conditions set for its use.

Where can I get a list of the nations party to the Web agreements?

This list is obtainable at

How can I be allowed to use someone else's work and other subject matters?

In that case you will have to get in touch with the privilege proprietor. There are some works and other subject matters for which you can get the authorization from a collective administration organization.

If I get authorization, is there a limit for the amount of work I can use?

Commonly, you are able to use limited portions of a work, including quotes. To get more data about this topic, you can check the civil legislation obtainable in the Collection of Laws for Electronic Access.

Are computer softwares secured by copyright?

There were extensive discussions on this subject which resulted in the acceptance of copyrighted computer programs, and patent secured apparatus using these softwares and software-associated creations.
Copyright and patent regulations are different and offer different kinds of preservation. As explained, copyright preservation extends only to expressions, whereas a patent is an exclusive privilege granted for an invention. Copyright preservation is formality-free in countries party to the Berne Convention. A patent is generally granted ulterior filling an examination procedure by a government agency. For further and more accurate data you can contact an attorney specialized in intellectual property.

Are television formats secured by Copyright?

Broadcasting organizations are secured as owners of associated privileges below the International Convention for the preservation of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations. But, depending on the civil legislation, they can also be secured by copyright and associated privileges.

Is a character secured by legal proprietor ship?

Yes, if it is an original expression of a creator. Merchandising items can also be secured by intellectual property privileges in some circumstances.

Can be a name, title, slogan or logo secured by Copyright?

Depends on whether they contain enough authorship or not. Commonly names are not defended.

Can I get legal advice from WIPO if I have a problem with my copyright?

WIPO does not provide legal advice to private persons or non-governmental entities. In that case you will need to get in touch with an attorney specialized in intellectual property.

Is there a registration requirement to be secured?

Copyright itself does not depend on official methods. However, many nations have their own civil copyright office and they may need the registration of work for the aims of, for instance, recognition of titles of works. In some nations, registration can also serve as first evidence in a court of regulation.

What do you mean when you talk about Public Domain?

Work that has never been or is no longer under copyright preservation, meaning you can borrow substance from these works.

How would I recognize public domain works?

In general, 75 years old work is now in the public domain. The work published ulterior 1978 are secured for the lifetime of the creator plus 70 years. You can contact an attorney if you are uncertain about a work being of public domain or not.
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