Copyright (or author’s right) is the right that creators have over their literary, artistic and certain scientific works once these are created and fixed in a tangible medium. As such, these works are perceptible by others through their senses, either directly (e.g. sight when reading something written) or through the assistance of a machine (e.g. sound when hearing a record).
Registration of Copyright (or author’s right)
Registering one's work is not necessary in order to have the rights as the creator recognized. However, registration is highly recommended for two main reasons:
1. Registration will give the holder a presumption of ownership and the date on which the work was first created. This is incredibly helpful in case of disputes of ownership or creation with a third party. For this presumption to be given, registering through a competent authority of any country that is a party to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works is sufficient. Therefore, a single registration in one country will grant presumption of ownership and date of creation in all member countries to the convention.
For quick copyright recognition we recommend you register your copyright in Chile, as the whole process takes no more than two (2) weeks.
2. In certain countries, such as the United States, having a work registered through the local copyright office grants the holder additional rights in case of disputes with a third party due to acts of Copyright Infringement. If a copyright is registered with a national authority, additional statutory damages and attorney fees (among other benefits) may be awarded to the owner of the copyright in case of successful litigation. We recommend you register your copyright with the copyright registration office of the countries where your copyrighted works will be sold or used.
Rights that are derived from Copyright (or author’s right)
Economic Rights: These rights can be summarized as the right to use, prevent others from using, selling or licensing created works. These rights may be transferred from the original creator to others.
Moral Rights: These rights can be summarized as the right of the creator to be recognized as such directly or through a pseudonym, or to remain anonymous. These rights may vary between common law and civil law countries.
Example of Works that are protected by Copyright (or author’s right)
|Literary Works||Artistic Works||Scientific Works|
|Books||Comedy Stand Ups||Paintings||Databases|
|E-Books||Guides||Photographs||Projects of Engineering|