What is Copyright?

Copyright is a form of intellectual property protection that gives creators the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute their works. It is a law that safeguards the creator’s and publisher’s rights, granting them the exclusive right to use and profit from their work.

Types of Copyright

Copyright law applies to a variety of works such as literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. The types of copyright include:

  • Literary works such as books, poems, plays, articles, blogs, and other writing
  • Musical works such as songs, lyrics, and musical scores
  • Dramatic works such as plays and musicals
  • Visual works such as paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures
  • Audiovisual works such as movies and television shows
  • Architectural works such as buildings, bridges, and monuments

Copyright Notice

A copyright notice is an indicator that a work is protected by copyright law. A copyright notice should include the copyright symbol (©), the name of the copyright holder, and the year of publication. It is important to note that copyright notices are not required for copyright protection; however, it is a good practice to include a notice to make it clear that the work is protected.

Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement occurs when someone uses a protected work without permission from the copyright owner. Copyright infringement can be a civil or criminal offense and can lead to damages and/or fines. Copyright infringement can be avoided by obtaining permission from the copyright owner before using their work or by using only works that are in the public domain or covered by a Creative Commons license.


Copyright is an important form of intellectual property protection that grants creators exclusive rights to their works. It is important to understand copyright law and to respect the rights of copyright holders.