Copyright is the legal protection extended to the owner of the rights in an original work. “Original work” refers to every production in the literary, scientific and artistic domain.
Among the literary and artistic works enumerated in the IP Code includes books and other writings, musical works, films, paintings and other works, and computer programs.
Copyright laws grant authors, artists and other creators automatic protection for their literary and artistic creations, from the moment they create it. The right holder(s) of a work can authorize or prohibit: its reproduction in all forms, including print form and sound recording, public performance and communication to the public, broadcasting, translation into other languages, and adaptation, such as from a novel to a screenplay for a film.
Recordation or deposit of your works isn’t necessary but authors and artists may opt to execute an affidavit of ownership with the National Library or the IPOPHL for the issuance of recordation and deposit
The term of protection for copyright in literary and artistic works, and in derivative works is generally the lifetime of the author plus fifty (50) years. Different rules may apply, however in:
– Works of joint authorship
– Works of anonymous or pseudonymous works
– Photographic works
– Works of applied art
– Audio-visual works
Source: IPOPHL Website
FAQs regarding faculty members’ copyright over course packs
- What learning materials can be protected by copyright?
- All original literary, artistic and musical works are protected by copyright unless excluded by law (the IP Code)
- Does a faculty need to file for copyright protection?
- No. But a faculty may opt to register and deposit two copies of the work before the National Library. If the work is in the field of law, the registration and deposit will be made before the Supreme Court. Registration can be done online.
Fair use guidelines (for users of copyrighted material)
- Fair Use Guidelines
- Guidelines for Using or Incorporating Copyrighted Works into Coursepacks for the First Semester of AY 2020 – 2021
Guides on copyright (for authors)
- Copyright ownership – UP Revised IPR Policy of 2011
- Public Access to Copyrightable or Patentable Academic Output
- Guide on publishing one’s scholarly/research works, and the corresponding rights of the researcher/academic staff (under review)
- Copyright notice
- Copyright registration
Requesting permission to use copyrighted materials
- Guidelines on Copyright Licensing (under review)