If at all you are into the creation of literary works and works of art, you need to know of the importance of copyright and the concerned laws. In a general sense, these laws of copyright are basically such that apply to help you as an owner or creator of such literary works and the other works of art to be able to have some control over the use and distribution of your creations. Precisely, the copyright laws are generally intended to help encourage people to come up with new works of art.
Generally, there is not much for you to do for you to get copyright protection. For as long as you have your works already fixed in some tangible medium of expression, you will automatically get copyright protection. From this we see the fact that the works must be written down or made into some tangible form that the human senses can detect, either directly or through the use of a machine. The ways for having such works written down for them to be copyright protected would be in such forms as in stories printed on paper, audio recordings and in visual images seen on films. It is very important to note the fact that copyright does not protect ideas that have not been written down into some fixed form such as ideas or facts researched. Speech that is not transcribed, live music performances and those broadcasts that are not recorded will never be protected by copyright.
There are quite a host of the protections that one gets from copyright laws and these are majorly in exclusive rights to your works wherein are such rights as to make copies of the work, sell or distribute the copies of the works, create new works based on the original work and as well that of rendering live performances of the works.
There are as well some cases where as a brain behind the creation of some work of art or literary works you may not have the ownership of the copyright. Some of such cases as where there is an employer/employee relationship or in the event that you are an independent contractor who’s been tasked to create a work made for hire. There are as well the joint copyright ownership which happen to be where you happen to have created the work as a team.
The other bit of a fact that should be noted when it comes to copyrights is that they as well happen to be transferrable. From this we see the fact that with these copyrights you will be able to have them sold to some other person or some other corporate body or business. Added to this, note the fact that with your copyright, you will as well be having with you an asset of a kind that you can use as collateral for bank loans.