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Copyright

Copyright protects an author’s tangible, creative work. Paintings, books and photographs are probably the most familiar copyright objects. Copyright follows automatically from the creation of a work. In other words, no formalities are required in order to establish a copyright.

Under copyright law, the copyright-holder has a number of exclusive rights, such as the right to publish, copy and distribute the work (these are known as ‘exploitation rights’), as well as certain moral rights.

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