What is copyright?
Copyright gives the person who created a work which reaches the "threshold of originality" the right to decide how to use it.
What is a "work"?
Works can be music, movies, photos, art, sculptures, literature, poetry, computer programs, appearances, lectures, etc.
What is "threshold of originality"?
A concept to assess whether a particular work can be copyrighted. It is used to distinguish works that are sufficiently original to warrant copyright protection from those that are not. In this context, "originality" refers to "coming from someone as the originator/author" (insofar as it somehow reflects the author's personality), rather than "never having occurred or existed before" (which would amount to the protection of something new, as in patent protection).
Originator (Creator) and Moral Rights
Whoever created a work owns the moral rights of a copyright. This non-profit copyright cannot be given away or sold and gives the creator the right to be named as an originator (sometimes also known as an author) and protects the work from being used in ways that could violate the integrity or reputation of the originator. Exceptions exist, for example, if you create computer programs / computer games / apps on behalf of a company, you usually agree that the creator will refrain from his non-profit copyright.
Economic copyright may belong to the originator if it is agreed upon when the work is created or if the copyright owner later sells the rights. The proprietor of the copyright determines how the work may be used (published, displayed, copied, streamed, sold, etc.) and is entitled to request financial compensation.
Do I have to register my works for copyright?
No, as soon as a work is created and has a reached a "threshold of originality" it is protected by the Copyright Act.
How do I get my Copyright?
Once you have created a work that you think has reached a "threshold of originality" it's perfectly appropriate to use the term Copyright and the © sign together with name and year.
How can I prove that I am an originator?
By storing the work as a digital file and timestamp the file by using Enigio time:stamp, you can later prove that the file must have existed at the time the time:stamp was made.
What happens if someone makes changes in, for example, a document, image or audio file that I timestamped using Enigio time:stamp?
If something changes in the file, it will not be recognised when verifying the time stamp. In order for the proof to be verified, the file must be exactly the same as the original that was timestaped. The file may not be edited in any way or converted to any other format after the time:stamp was made and the original file or a copy must be available when the proof is to be invoked.
How safe is the proof?
A proof using Enigio time:stamp is completely safe, independent and impossible to manipulate.
Does it cost to use Enigio time:stamp?
Enigio time:stamp and our other web services found at timebeat.com are free to use for individuals and non-profit organizations. Contact us for a quote if you want to use the services commercially.