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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

European IP Helpdesk - Guide to IP in Europe
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European IP Helpdesk - New Directive on Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market
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China IP Helpdesk

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

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

South-East Asia IP SME Helpdesk - Guide to Copyright Protection in South-East Asia
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(2.99 MB - PDF)
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Thanks to the joint efforts of both IP Key Latin America and the EUIPO, the Mexican Institute of IP (IMPI) has just found common grounds with the criteria listed under the EUIPO's Common Communication (CP6) — Convergence on graphic representations of designs - Common Communication.

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European IP Helpdesk team is happy to introduce you the ambassador of this month: Merit Fimberg-Espuch from Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.