Copyright Information

Copyright Law:

Copyright Law is legislation which protects the creative work of an individual. The work must be tangible, in some concrete form and not just an idea. The law protects the creators of the original work by establishing ownership and thus protects against production or reproduction of a work. It also gives the creator control over who can make copies or how they use the material. Even if you are not selling the work to others you cannot copy it with the exception of the Fair Dealing regulations.

Works which are protected under copyright law are:

  • literary works
  • dramatic works
  • artistic works
  • music
  • sound recordings
  • performances
  • communication

As an example, a pattern for a Quilt is purchased and it has copyright protection so others do not make copies of this pattern for others to use. This protects the creator and also allows the creator to earn money from each of the individual purchases.

The creator can also choose to allow others to use their works or part of their works, but permission must be granted and it is with the assumption that the works will not be changed.

Every creative work is copyright protected as soon as it is in a tangible form. The creator does not have to register it. If a person posts a picture of their artwork on the internet, it is automatically covered by copyright law and it is illegal for anyone to copy it without permission unless permission has been granted.

Sometimes a release statement will be printed with the creative work, allowing free use of the image or work, if not, the copyright guideline is, if you did not create it, and you wish to copy it, you must get permission.

Copyright protection lasts for the life of the creator plus 50 years after the death of the creator. It allows the creator to say who uses their material and in what manner. If a copyright law is broken, it is called copyright infringement and this illegal use of the person's work could result in legal action. Sometimes people will claim it was used according to Fair Use or Fair Dealing.