The legal ownership of any intellectual property is known as copyright. This refers to the fact that only the original creator or the manufacturer of the product, along with anyone he chooses to give authorization of the product to, are the only entities that can reproduce or resale the products. The original creator of the product is given the exclusive right to further develop or reproduce the product for a particular time by law governing copyrights.
In the United States of America, the original creator of the product is protected by law throughout his life and also 70 years after his death. But the such protection law is different for different nations. Depending on the nation, it can last from 50 to even 100 years after the original creator’s death. If the copyright law is authorized to any company or corporation, the protection period for the copyrights will be shorter.
Here are some points to remember about copyrights:
- The work can be viewed by the general public, but they are not allowed to copy or plagiarize it because it has been copyrighted and thus would lead to the infringement of law.
- If someone copies the creator’s work, registration will be more expensive than the original ownership. The registration will relieve you from the burden of legal charges and all legal burdens.
- It prevents challenges towards the work in the future. The registration will prove the validity of the copyrights if it is registered within five years of publication.
- The copyrights holder is limited to the damages in case of infringement without timely registration.
- Without registration, the copyrights holder cannot charge a case of infringement.
Hence, copyrights are necessary for a product due to the reasons discussed above.