Copyright protects the expression of ideas such as original literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic work, as well as film, sound recording, broadcasts, and layouts and typographical arrangements of published works.
Copyright arises automatically upon creation of a work (e.g. SOPs, protocols, drawings, software, website layout), and can be registered in some countries. Copyright gives the creator of an original work the exclusive rights to the use and distribution of that work, usually for a limited time, with the intention of enabling the creator to receive compensation for their work. It is important to keep records of the date of creation, by whom, and the terms under which the copyright is created (e.g. under an employment contract).
Copyright does not protect inventions, ideas, names, or titles. Whilst the duration of copyright can vary, it can last for the lifetime of the author, plus seventy years.
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