Written by Oreoluwa Alebiosu on November 4, 2013.
According to WIPO, World Intellectual Property Organization, Copyright "relates to artistic creations, such as books, music, paintings and sculptures, films and technology-based works such as computer programs and electronic databases. In most European languages other than English, copyright is known as author's rights. The expression copyright refers to the main act which, in respect of literary and artistic creations, may be made only by the author or with his authorization. That act is the making of copies of the work. The expression author's rights refer to the creator of the artistic work, its author. It thus underlines the fact, recognized in most laws, that the author has certain specific rights in his creation which only he can exercise (such as the right to prevent a distorted reproduction).
Other rights (such as the right to make copies) can be exercised by other persons, for example, a publisher who has obtained a license from the author" ("Understanding Copyright and Related Rights."). More >>