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This article is part of the Intellectual Property at Wikifactory series, in which we explore different types of intellectual property and how they can be part of your Wikifactory projects.
Copyright is a collection of rights that automatically vest to someone who creates an original work of authorship, including books, articles, songs, photographs, sculptures, choreography, sound recordings, motion pictures, and other works.
These rights include the right to reproduce the work, to prepare derivative works, to distribute copies, and to perform and display the work publicly.
There are three basic requirements that work must meet to be protected by copyright. The work must be:
- Original: To be original, work must merely be independently created. In other words, it cannot be copied from something else. There is no requirement that the work is novel (as in patent law), unique, imaginative or inventive.
- Creative: To satisfy the creativity requirement, work needs only demonstrate a minimal amount of creativity. Very few creations fail to satisfy this requirement.
- Fixed: To meet the fixation requirement, a work must be fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Protection attaches automatically to an eligible work the moment the work is fixed. A work is considered to be fixed as long as it’s sufficiently permanent or stable to permit it to be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated for a period of more than transitory duration.
Copyright protects original works such as the photos and videos you upload to your Wikifactory projects or stories, but may also extend to logos and other designs.
Do I need to register my work for copyright protection?
There is no requirement that a copyright owner registers the work in a Copyright Office or places a copyright notice on the work to obtain copyright protection. However, there may be benefits associated with registering one’s work.
How long does a Copyright last?
Generally, a copyrighted work is protected for the length of the author’s life plus another seventy years. In the case of joint works, copyright protection is granted for the length of the life of the last surviving joint creator plus another 70 years.
Copyright infringement refers to using copyrighted works without permission from the owner. The copyright owner has exclusive rights to copy, distribute, sell, license or perform the works. For that reason, we recommend consulting other users on their works before using them.
If you believe that there's content on Wikifactory that infringes your intellectual property, please check our article on how to Report Intellectual Property infringement. Before you send the report, consider if the works are protected by copyright. If you're not sure about that, consult an independent legal counsel.
Copyright at Wikifactory
While encouraging sharing we do so with responsibility in mind. This means that we expect our user's rights to be respected.
As mentioned in our Terms of Service, all users must use the platform in a way that does not violate any applicable laws, including copyright laws.
It is the users' responsibility to ensure that their use of the Platform and the service is in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.
This essentially means that users are prohibited from uploading, posting, hosting, or transmitting any content that infringes on any proprietary right of any party, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity, or other rights.