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Definition

Copyright protects artistic, literary and scientific works ranging from books, music, paintings, sculpture and films, to computer programmes, databases, advertisements, maps and technical drawings. Such protection covers both original and derivative works (e.g. adaptations, compilations, transformations, translations or arrangements).

However, only the form in which the ideas of the author are described, explained, illustrated or incorporated in the works shall be protected by copyright. The ideas contained in literary and artistic works, the technical content of scientific works or the industrial or commercial exploitation thereof do not benefit from this IPR protection.

Resources about copyright

European IP Helpdesk

22 JANUARY 2021
European IP Helpdesk - Guide to IP in Europe
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1 OCTOBER 2020
European IP Helpdesk - New Directive on Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market
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(709.4 KB - PDF)
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China IP Helpdesk

1 OCTOBER 2020
China IP SME Helpdesk - Copyright Protection in China
English
(1.91 MB - PDF)
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1 OCTOBER 2020
China IP SME Helpdesk - How to File a Copyright Registration in China
English
(1.26 MB - PDF)
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Latin America IP Helpdesk

11 JANUARY 2019
Latin America IP SME Helpdesk - Copyright in Latin America in a Nutshell
English
(856.38 KB - PDF)
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11 JANUARY 2019
Latin America IP SME Helpdesk - Protecting your creations in the Andean Community
English
(2.96 MB - PDF)
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6 JANUARY 2017
Latin America IP SME Helpdesk - Copyleft in Latinamerica(I): Introduction
English
(2.58 MB - PDF)
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1 JANUARY 2019
Latin America IP SME Helpdesk - IPR as a tool for internationalisation: Copyright
English
(2.26 MB - PDF)
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South-East Asia IP Helpdesk

4 FEBRUARY 2021
South-East Asia IP SME Helpdesk - Guide to Copyright Protection in South-East Asia
English
(2.99 MB - PDF)
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