Copyright arises the moment that a work is created and is valid for seventy years after the death of the author or originator. Examples of works protected by the act are literary works or other works of an artistic nature, pictures, photographs, figures and other types of artwork, provided they fulfil the requirements for originality, individuality and autonomy.
Copyright has two parts, one that is economic (right to compensation) and one that is moral (right to attribution). The moral rights to a work can never be transferred, which entails that the creator of the work has the right to be named in association with the work’s performance or publication, in accordance with good practice. This also means that the work may not be performed or published in a manner that is offensive to the creator. Economic rights include the right to produce copies of the work or adaptations of it, to perform it in public, and to sell, copy or otherwise disseminate it. The economic rights to a work may be transferred to another person or organisation by the original author/creator.