the essential features of civil law relating to copyright and
intellectual property rights and conventions
is the legal term which describes the legal rights given to authors
of certain kinds of original artistic and technological works.
law is mandated by the copyright and related rights act, 2000
(enacted 1 january 2001)
are made within this legislation in order to deter individuals from
committing copyright theft; these provisions include court
proceedings and fines.
copyright legislation, specifically the copyright and related rights
act 2000, was adjusted to conform with eu directives in relation to
copyright law and related rights.
was also adjusted to bring irish law in line with international acts
and treaties respecting copyright, including the “World
Intellectual Property Organisation Copyright Treaty (WIPO) and the
WIPO Performances and Phonograms treaty.”
copyright and related rights act put in “place protections for
performers’ rights, rights in performances and databases.”
does copyright law protect
literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works
arrangement of published editions
owner of copyright is the author of the original work, and the author
holds that copyright as soon as their creation is put on paper or any
other fixed medium. While copyright protects original and
intellectual property it does not protect ideas – it protects the
form of the express of ideas.
creation of a work also establishes copyright. In ireland, there is
no registration procedure for the owners of a copyright, therefore it
can be difficult for an author to establish ownership of that
copyright if a need to pursue legal proceedings arises. However, in
order to establish ownership an author can entrust their work to a
represenative or even mail a copy of the works to themselves via
registered post. By doing so, the individual is able to create a
timeline and a papertrail which can prove the existence of a work at
a specific date and time.