Copyright is a type of intellectual property that gives its owner the exclusive right to make copies of a creative work, usually for a limited time. The creative work may be in a literary, artistic, educational, or musical form such as books, texts, poetry, music, photographs, drawings, paintings, cinematographic works, among others.

Currently in Brazil, Copyright is regulated by the Copyright Law (Law 9.610 / 98). Article 7 describes what can be protected and Article 8 what is excluded.

The creator of the intellectual work (the physical person of the author) receives what are termed the the moral and patrimonial benefits resulting from the exploitation of his creation. It is important to remember that Copyright Law extends to Related Rights, which are auxiliary to the creation, such as interpreters, accompanying musicians, phonographic producers, broadcasting companies, etc.

Copyright is divided, for legal purposes, into Moral and Patrimonial Rights. Moral Rights guarantee the Authorship to the creation to the author of the intellectual work, whereas Patrimonial Rights refer mainly to the economic utilization of intellectual work.

Unlike Moral Rights, which are non-transferable and cannot be renounced, Patrimonial Rights can be transferred or assigned to other people, to whom the author grants the right to represent or even use his creations. If the intellectual work is used without prior authorization, the person responsible for the unauthorized use will be violating copyright rules, and this act may generate a judicial process, both in the civil and criminal spheres.

Depending on the material copyrighted works are registered before the Escritório de Direitos Autorais da Fundação Biblioteca Nacional (EDA); Escola das Belas artes; na Escola de Música da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro,

The protection is valid as long as the author is alive and for 70 years after his death, after that the work falls into the public domain.

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