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Copyright: What is copyright

Student guide to copyright

Introducing copyright

When a person creates something original, they automatically get legal rights to control its use. This is called copyright.

Copyright is a long-lasting type of Intellectual Property (IP) which the creator can transfer and license. If you wish to use someone else's copyright work, you need to rely on permission from the copyright owner or rely on a copyright exception.

Types of Intellectual copyright

There is more than one copyright type ...





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