Copyright law

Copyright laws protect works as long as they are an author’s own intellectual output. Works that can be copyrighted include musical compositions, photographs and literary works such as non-fiction pieces, novels or essays. A computer program can also claim protection under copyright law as a literary work.

Crucial elements of copyright protection are the moral rights (e.g. acknowledgement of authorship) as well as the exploitation rights (e.g. for duplication and distribution) of the author.

Copyright protection usually expires 70 years after the death of the author or, in the event of an anonymous author, 70 years after the work’s date of publication.