The Office exercises care over a proper protection of all of an author’s rights. On behalf of the client we prepare warning letters to subjects possibly infringing copyrights and we participate in negotiations aiming at concluding agreements between the parties. Moreover, we act as agents in concluding license agreements and conveyances of author’s economic rights between parties.
What can be the subject of the copyright?
Each manifestation of creative activity with individual character, determined in whichever way, irrespective of its value, purpose for what it was intended and way in which it is expressed (work) can be the subject of copyrights.
What are the examples of the subjects of copyrights?
Especially, the subjects of copyrights are:
1) works expressed in words, mathematical symbols, graphic signs (literary, journalistic, scientific, cartographic and computer programs);
2) plastic arts works;
3) photographic works;
4) violin-making works;
5) violin-making works;
6) architectural, architectural-urban and urban planning works;
7) musical and poetry-musical works;
8) stage, stage and musical, choreographic and pantomime works;
9) audio-visual (including film) works.
How is the copyright created?
Creation of a copyright protection does not depend on fulfilling any formalities, such as registration of the work. The protection is created at the moment of the fixation of the work.
What rights has the author?
The author has two kind of rights: author's moral rights and author's economic rights.
How long does the copyright last?
Author’s economic rights last over the whole life of the author and they expire in 70 years since the author’s death. Whereas author’s moral rights never expire.