Copyright is a form of protection provided to the Authors of “original works”, and is founded on a person’s creative skill and labour.
Copyright protects the physical expression of ideas.
It is a property right and can be sold or transferred to others.
In general, there is no need for registration or to claim copyright in some way, protection is automatic at the point of creation as well as voluntary to register the same. Both published and unpublished works are protected by copyright. This can easily be done by marking © followed by the date from which copyright is claimed and the owner of the copyright.
Note: The act of creating the work also creates the Copyright.
Copyright law is designed to gives you ownership over the things you create and prevent unauthorized use of your original work (s) by others.
Original work or form is an idea or information that has been expressed “in tangible form” by the creator, be it painting a photograph, a song, a poem or a novel etc……
If you created it, you own it and it’s the copyright law itself that assures that ownership. As an owner, you have several rights and those rights include:
- The right to reproduce the work
- To prepare derivative works
- To distribute copies
- To perform the work; and
- To display the work publicly
These are your rights and your rights alone, no one can violate them legally. i.e: no one can use your work without permission OR perform a piece written by you OR make copies, unless you give the “OK” permission.
However, someone can use your work or perform a piece written by you, with your permission, either for a cost or free of charge.
Note: when your rights have expired, the work goes in the public domain, i.e: anyone can use it without permission, but one should never assumes that a work is in the public domain, unless you confirms it, or else you might put yourself at risk of legal action, regardless of your intentions.
Note: “Works in the public domain are kept at the National Heritage Research and Protection Section, Pointe Conan, Mahé, hence, permission should be sought through the Principal Research Officer beforehand.
For further inquiries or clarification on the subject, do not hesitate to contact the Copyrights Registration Office, located within the Department of Culture, National Cultural Centre, Francis Rachel Street, P O Box 1383, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles.
Our Contact is: 248 432 13 33
Copyrights Office, 16th February 2015.