Copyright law grants authors, artists and other creators protection for their literary and artistic creations, generally referred to as “works”. The kind of works protected by copyright include, but not limited to; literary and artistic works such as; novels, poems, plays, newspapers, adverts, films, musical compositions, choreography, paintings,drawings, photographs, sculptures and architecture, maps, technical drawings and Computer software, programs and databases.
The expression authors’ rights refer to the creator of an artistic work, its author, thus underlining that, as recognized in most laws, authors have certain specific rights in their creations that only they can exercise, which are often referred to as moral rights, such as the right to prevent distorted reproductions of the work. Other rights, such as the right to make copies, can be exercised by third parties with the author’s permission, for example, by a publisher who obtains a license to this effect from the author.
Procedure for Registration of Copyright
|Step 1||An application for registration is made to the Registrar of Copyright and an application fee of UGX. 50,000 paid. A copy of the work for which protection is sought must be attached e.g. Books, CD, DVD.|
|Step 2||The application is then published in the Uganda Gazette for 60 days.|
|Step 3||If no objection is made to the registration of the said right, a certificate of registration will be issued to the applicant. No fee is charged for registration certificate|