Copyrights are created as soon as the original work is fixed into a tangible medium expression.
There is no formal requirement to register your copyright to protect it. However, we recommend obtaining a digital timestamp to prove your copyright ownership and avoid discussions. In some countries registration of copyrights is required to legally enforce them against infringements by third parties.
In principle, copyrights are owned by the author of the original work. Ownership may be transferred in part, but the formalities depend on the relationship between the author and the party acquiring the copyrights (e.g. employment vs. work for hire), as well as the type of work (database vs. software). The rules differ from country to country. In view of this, organisations must ensure that all copyright protected works that are developed on their behalf are duly transferred to them. They are therefore advised to establish internal protection guidelines.
Analyse your activities to identify your copyrights
Our approach starts with a good understanding of your organisation and the possible impact of copyright on your activities.
We identify the relevant copyrights within your organisation and advise you on how best to secure these rights. This includes assisting you with the drafting of i-depot materials and drafting contracts for your workforce and external partners (see also our contracting section).
We draft guidelines to internally streamline copyright identification, copyright protection and the copyright monetisation process within your organisation.
We have assisted clients in the arts and all kinds of other sectors. This allows us to understand the impact of copyrights on these different sectors. We work for copyright centric businesses such as record companies, publishers, ad agencies, authors and fashion designers but also advise clients on the impact of copyrights in technology.
We always look for efficient and practical solutions for your opportunities and risks, taking into account your business priorities and budget requirements.
We aim to always provide clear advice, regardless of the complexity of the case.