- Basics of Copyright
- 1. WHERE... is the work used and which national law is applicable?
- 2. WHAT... is a protected work?
- 4. WHICH... rights in the work are protected?
- 5. HOW... may other people use a work?
- 5b. HOW ... can other people use a work? - Contractual licenses
- 6. AND... responsibility and sanctions?
3. WHO... owns the copyright in the work?
Without authors there would be no copyrights. They are the principal owners of the copyrights in their work. But who is actually the author? And can other people also own copyrights?
There are also many instances of copyright law where the rights are not owned by a single author. For example, several people can work on a creation, the author can be unknown, and copyrights can also be assigned to others.
To answer the question of who owns the copyright in a work, the following categories have to be considered:
- joint author
- authorship when the authors are unknown
- other owners of rights