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copyright

An automatic protection.

 
 

about copyright

Copyright is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their literary and artistic works.
These works include:

  • literary works such as novels, poems, plays, reference works, newspaper articles;
  • computer programs, databases;
  • films, musical compositions, and choreography;
  • artistic works such as paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculpture;
  • architecture; and
  • advertisements, maps, and technical drawings.

copyright registration

In the majority of countries, and according to the Berne Convention, works of authorship are protected automatically upon creation, without the need for registration or other formalities. Works being created in a member of the Bern Union enjoy protection in Hungary as well.

Most countries have a system for the voluntary registration of works. Even though registration is only voluntary, it is recommended, as it makes easier to prove the validity of copyright. The following documents are required:

  • A copy of the work (will be returned),
  • a signed power of attorney.

We offer legal representation in cases in connection with copyright infringements.

We assist with Hungarian and also with American copyright registration upon request. Similarly, registration is also recommended in the United States. It can be sustained voluntarily with depositing one copy of the work. Furthermore, the American Copyright Act establishes a mandatory deposit requirement for works being distributed in the country. The American Copyright Office receives both deposits. With mandatory deposit registration requirements can also be fulfilled. Special provisions are applicable for registration of softwares. One copy of identifying portions of the computer program needed to fulfil registration requirements and a complete copy (including user guide, operating software) is required for mandatory deposit. There is an opportunity to block out certain proportions of the software including trade secret.