Copyright is a lawful right created by the law of a nation in order to provide the author of a work to write an original work and define his own rights to distribute and use the work. The copyright lasts for a certain period of time with the aim to compensate their intellectual effort.
The copyright law is a form of intellectual property that can be applied to any form or information or idea. The copyright is shared with the stakeholders of the work as a percentage of the profit earned.
The main idea behind the existence of copyright is to make the creators of the work to use their intellect to make a good earning. The earnings may further motivate the authors to write and publish several other works which may benefit a large number of people.
The copyright law helps the author to keep a copy of their works and support themselves both socially and economically (Intellectual Property and Copyright Ethics, n.d).
The copyright law is applicable to a huge range of creative, intellectual, or artistic forms, or “works”. The specifications of the law vary according to the jurisdictions and the law includes poems, plays, theses, works of literature, photographs and paintings etc.
Copyrights do not include ideas and presentation of copyright information. An individual will violate the copyright law only if he or she expresses the same views in the same format and the same words (Intellectual Property and Copyright Ethics, n.d).
The standardization of copyright law is achieved international conventions like the Berne Convention and the Universal Copyright Convention. These standards have been accepted internationally in almost every country.