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What is copyright?

Copyright protects literary and artistic works. When the originator creates a work,it is automatically copyrighted.

Copyright is a law (SFS 1960:729) that protects literary and artistic works.When the originator creates a work,it is automatically copyrighted. This gives the originator the right to decide if, how and when the work may be used or distributed.
 
A piece of work can be printed or non-printed material, for example:
  • Books
  • Articles
  • Pictures, photographs and illustrations
  • Maps
  • Speech
  • Musical work 
  • Dramatic work
  • Film
  • Computer programs

Non-profit and economic rights

Copyright imply that the originator has both non-profit and economic rights to his/her work.
 
The non-profit rights means that the originator has the right to benamed when his/her work is used. The originator always retains the non-profit rights.
 
The economic rights means that the originator ought to be compensated for his/her work. The originator has sole rights to dispose of his/her work. He/she can produce copies of the work and make the work accessible to the public.However, the originator can sell the economic rights to his/her work. For example, the originatorcan transfer, with compensation, the rights to a book to a publishing firm.
 
In Sweden,the copyright is valid during the originator’s lifetime, and after that during 70 years.