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:
- Pictures, photographs and illustrations
- Musical work
- Dramatic work
- 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.