Lesson 3: How Does Copyright Protection Arise?

Copyright usually arises automatically in that no formal registration is required. In most common law jurisdictions, the work has to be fixed in some form. It also has to be original in that it is the result of some creativity and has not been copied from somewhere else.


In all Berne Convention countries, your legal entitlement to copyright arises automatically without any formalities like registration. However, some countries still maintain voluntary registration systems for other purposes. Therefore, although your copyright arises from the moment the work is created, voluntary registration systems in specific jurisdictions might provide some advantages worth considering.

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