Copyright is our way of providing protection to creators (writers, artists, musics composers, painters etc.) on their creations (or "works" as often are called). You do not need to register your copyright, it is automatically granted on creation.
Examples of creations under the copyright law include (but are not limited to):
- literary works such as novels, poems and plays
- reference works such as encyclopedias and dictionaries
- newspaper articles
- films and TV programs
- musical compositions and choreography
- artistic works such as paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures;
- advertisements, maps and technical drawings
- computer programs
Important: You cannot copyright an idea, but only the expression of it. For example, the idea of taking a picture of a sunset is not protected by copyright. Therefore, anyone may take such a picture. But a particular picture of a sunset taken by a photographer may be protected by copyright. In such a case, if someone else makes copies of the photograph, and starts selling them without the consent of the photographer, that person would be violating the photographer’s rights.