We’ve all come across the term “Copyright”, but this post is intended for authors that want to copyright their books and make sure it’s legally protected from infringement.
A Quick Journey to the past
What people came to name as “Copyright” has originally appeared when the printing press was invented and with the growth of more people being literate. Copyright, later on, become a legal concept.
This is not an economics class, However, it’s quite essential to learn the basics of any market. There are four basic types of market structures in the traditional economic analysis: perfect competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly, and monopoly.
Monopoly is when a single organization supplies the market with goods/services; which in our case was the printing press. At the beginning of the 18th century in Britain, the publishing houses wanted to stop any violation of their rights from anyone that copies their publications. Consequently, The English Parliament established a registration process of licensed books and a declaration of the Press Act (1662) came on the surface.
Enough with economics and history. Let’s get to the real business.
Importance of Copyright
This law protects the creative work. It defines violation, additionally, it frames the penalization/sanctions to be applied once an infringement occurs. Copyright laws guarantee that creative professionals can make money from their work. Additionally, it allows professionals to sue anyone that violates their copyrights.
How Does it work?
A book acquires its copyrights the moment an author finishes it. By authorizing the exclusiveness of a piece of work which allows Copying and Distributing the original work, authors can sell their work, or license it or allow others to use their work and then collect royalties.
How long Does it Last?
Copyright can last for an author’s lifetime and sometimes it can be renewed after death and thereby the copyright extends to the author’s family. It usually comes to an end 50 to 100 years after the author dies, subject to the period of authority.
How Not to Violate such Laws?
-Never Copy others
-Ask for a permission from the copyright holder in order to use their work
-Fair use (Using copyrighted work for Academic, educational and non-profit purposes)
Infringement can occur through producing physical copies without the copyright holder’s permission. Copyright infringements in a digital world was a matter of questioning. Therefore, Professionals needed to go beyond the stated legal terms of copyright. The US Congress declared the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 to co-op with the digital changes that can allow people to violate copyrights.
Digital Millennium Act
It eliminates the liability from websites whose users violate copyright as long as the websites remove the material permanently. That’s why you get that message on youtube saying “
Why does it matter so much?
Simply because Illegal downloads cost not only authors but any creative professional some good amount of money. Many organizations have sued users that violated copyrights through illegal downloads.
Is it global?
Some countries ask for certain procedures to declare a creative’s legal ownership of their work, yet most countries acknowledge the author’s right for any finished piecework, regardless of any legal registration.
We provided you with the necessary info, now it’s the time to act and have your copyright!