Copyright is the legal term, which describes the rights given to authors/creators of certain categories of work.
Copyright is a property right and the owner of the work can control the use of the work, subject to certain exceptions.
The owner of copyright is the author, meaning the person who creates the work. For example a photographer is the owner in the case of a photograph.
However, as copyright is a form of property, the right may be transferred to someone else, for example, to a publisher
The owner has the exclusive right to prohibit or authorise others to undertake the following:
Where an employee in the course of employment creates the work, the employer is the owner of the copyright in the work, unless an agreement to the contrary exists.
The law gives the owner of copyright the following exclusive rights:
The owner of the copyright may transfer all or part of these rights to others.
Subject to some exceptions described in this guide (including fair use), if a person exercises any of these rights in another’s work without permission, the person may be liable for copyright infringement.
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The purpose of this guide is to give guidance for resolving basic copyright questions. It is designed to provide basic, general information about copyright, and does not constitute legal advice. The links to third party sites in this guide are provided for your convenience, but NCAD does not take responsibility for the content of these other sites. If you have a question about a specific copyright issue not addressed by this guide, the library encourage you to seek further advice.