Copyright protects creative works like musical compositions, audio recordings, movies, books, articles, diagrams, photos, website content and software code.
Copyright gives the creator/ copyright owner exclusive rights to stop others from using their work without his/her permission.
This includes the right to copy, distribute, use and adopt the work. Copyright owners can license or permanently transfer or assign their exclusive rights to others.
Neigbouring rights are of performers, producers and makers of sound recordings.
The purpose of neighbouring rights is to protect the economic and moral rights of persons and entities who contribute to making copyright. Examples are performers of a musical work composed by another person
Ideas, concepts, procedures, methods, public benefit works or other things of a similar nature are not protected by Copyright law.
Copyright is recognized and protected at creation.
A created work is automatically protected by copyright as soon as it exists. However the work must be original (it must have been developed independently by its creator) and it must be expressed in material form. Works are protected irrespective of their quality. The Copyright law of Uganda however, further provides that the owner of a copyright and neighboring right may register the right with the registrar for the purposes of keeping evidence of ownership of right, identification of works and authors and maintenance of record of the rights.
What is the procedure for registering a copyright?
Copyright protection generally lasts for the life of the creator and 50 years after the creator’s death. This means that it is not only the creators that benefit from their works, but also their heirs.
Procedures for registering a Copyright