What is Copyright? What are the Advantages of Copyright?

Intellectual property rights refer to a person’s or organization’s control over their original work resulting from their creative activities. Copyright is one of these intellectual property rights.

Copyright ensures that when a person or organization creates a creative work (e.g. written work, painting, music, film, software, etc.), only they have the right to use and reproduce that work for a certain period of time. In order for others to use this work, they usually need to obtain permission or pay a certain copyright fee.

Copyright aims to ensure that the creator’s work is fairly valued and also contributes to the promotion of new works. However, copyrights are time-limited and after a certain period of time the work usually enters the public domain, meaning that it can be freely used by anyone.