Copyright Introduction

Copyright is an exclusive right given to the creator of a creative work, and to protect creator original expression of an idea in the form of a creative work.

Forms of Copyright

Literature
(E.g. Book, Software)
Music Work
(E.g. Composing)
Artistic Work
(E.g. Painting, Sculpture)
Drama Work
Performance
Video

International Treaty

Hong Kong copyright is protected by treaties around the world. In which The Berne Convention covers 177 countries.

If you are interested in the Berne Convention, please click here to view more.

Copyright Registration

Registration Countries China, Taiwan, U.S. etc (China is the closest copyright registration country)
Protection Period Creator’s lifetime and 50 years after his death
Required Documents
(Including but not limited to…)
1. Application form
2. Applicant Identification
3. Sample of works
4. Creative description of the work
Required time 35 Days

Advantages of Registering Copyright

Sell or Transfer of Copyright Get license royalties Ask for money compensation
Apply infringement injunction Proof of right Time proof of creation in law suit infringer

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Copyright FAQ

版權登記

Q1:我已註冊了商標,為什麼還需要登記版權
A1:因為商標證只能作為成功申請商標的證明,以識別特定產品或服務,而版權能為你的作品提供一份保護,證明該作品不會晚於登記當日所完成。加上,登記版權只需35天,比註冊商標所需時間更短。假若版權商標權產生權利衝突,在版權完成登記的時間比註冊商標的時間更早的前提下,版權能擁有在先權利以保障作品權益。如對註冊商標登記版權有任何疑問,歡迎與我們的知識產權顧問聯絡

Q2: 作品完成創作後即自動賦予版權,那我為什麼仍要登記版權呢?
A2:按照香港現行的《版權條例》,創作完成的作品會自動賦予版權並受法律保護。然而為了避免將來發生不必要的版權糾紛,一般完成作品後,我們會建議創作人向有關機構申請版權登記,即可確認作品不會晚於登記當日的時間所創作,以及保留一切有關該創作的原檔,將來成為證明作品擁有權的維權證據。如有意為你的創作登記版權,歡迎與我們的知識產權顧問聯絡

Q3:如何證明自己是版權擁有者?
A3:擁有版權登記證明文件。

Q4:有什麼證據能證明我擁有版權
A4:證明版權的證據有:
1. 構思過程的筆記或草圖
2. 與他人的討論紀錄
3. 作品過往的公開發表紀錄
4. 修改過程的備份文件

Q5:版權除了能保護其創作之外,還有什麼用途嗎?
A5:版權除了在遭受侵權時能作為維權證據外,亦賦予了創作者使用權,以及授權給他人的權利。如你有興趣了解更多授權資訊,可立即按此查看。

所有答案以香港知識產權局官方為准,有關更多詳情可按此作參考。

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