There are always a attemptation for others to easily copy on work online or offline without reference to the author. There are increasing rate of infringed on another persons intellectual property without obtaining permission or right to use such information, arts, or masterpiece. The original owner or creator of such masterpiece which can be articles, videos, animations, songs, soundtracks, books, design or patterns can only claim ownership of the masterpiece if it works was copyright protected.

I believe that business owners must be proactive in protecting their creative works from competitors. Some of the ways such works could be protected are by trademark and copyright registrations (as the situation provides). Before i address this question, let me define what copyright is.

WHAT IS COPYRIGHT ?

A Copyright is simply an exclusive right granted by law to an author of certain works to do certain acts in relation to the work.An author in this context could be; an artist, writer, publisher, musician, performer, photographer, architect, film maker, sculptor, etc.Now in response to the question above, the answer is No.The law does not require registration as a pre-condition for copyright protection. Copyright protection is conferred on a work immediately it is created. But, in other to maintain an effective databank on authors and their works, the Nigerian Copyright Commissio(NCC) established a voluntary copyright registration scheme designed to enable creators or artistic and literary works notify the Commission of the creation and existence of a work.

What this means is that registering your work with the Copyrights Commission isn’t in itself compulsory. But where you feel the need to have your work registered in the system, then by all means do so. Besides, the cost of doing so is very affordable.However, registering your literary or artistic work with the Copyrights Commission has its advantages.

WHO ARE THOSE THAT CAN COPYRIGHT THEIR WORK

An author in this context could be; an artist, writer, publisher, musician, performer, photographer, architect, film maker, sculptor, etc. Now in response to the question above, the answer is No.The law does not require registration as a pre-condition for copyright protection. Copyright protection is conferred on a work immediately it is created. But, in other to maintain an effective databank on authors and their works, the Nigerian Copyright Commissio(NCC) established a voluntary copyright registration scheme designed to enable creators or artistic and literary works notify the Commission of the creation and existence of a work.What this means is that registering your work with the Copyrights Commission isn’t in itself compulsory. But where you feel the need to have your work registered in the system, then by all means do so. Besides, the cost of doing so is very affordable.

However, registering your literary or artistic work with the Copyrights Commission has its advantages.

I believe that business owners must be proactive in protecting their creative works from competitors. Some of the ways such works could be protected are by trademark and copyright registrations (as the situation provides). Before i address this question, let me define what copyright is.A Copyright is simply an exclusive right granted by law to an author of certain works to do certain acts in relation to the work.An author in this context could be; an artist, writer, publisher, musician, performer, photographer, architect, film maker, sculptor, etc.Now in response to the question above, the answer is No.The law does not require registration as a pre-condition for copyright protection. Copyright protection is conferred on a work immediately it is created. But, in other to maintain an effective databank on authors and their works, the Nigerian Copyright Commissio(NCC) established a voluntary copyright registration scheme designed to enable creators or artistic and literary works notify the Commission of the creation and existence of a work.What this means is that registering your work with the Copyrights Commission isn’t in itself compulsory. But where you feel the need to have your work registered in the system, then by all means do so. Besides, the cost of doing so is very affordable.However, registering your literary or artistic work with the Copyrights Commission has its advantages. They are;i. In the event of doubt, records of your registered work can be verified by any member of the publicii.Original copies of works deposited during registration are preserved.iii.In the event an author wishes to transfer/assign rights to such works, the person to whom such rights are to be transferred can carry out proper investigation as to what he or she is paying for.Dear Artist or Author, i hope this has answered your question sufficiently?

We will try to outline some of the advantages of obtaining a copyright for your creative and intellectual property include but not limited to:

i. In the event of doubt, records of your registered work can be verified by any member of the public.

ii.Original copies of the authors works deposited during registration are preserved.

iii.In the event an author wishes to transfer/assign rights to such works, the person to whom such rights are to be transferred to can carry out proper investigation as to what he or she is paying for.

iv. It gives credit to the actual author of the masterpiece and not to other unpermitted users.

The original author can create wealth from its portfolio of intellectual properties through licensing and charging of fees for rights to use or permission.

As an author it better to copyright your works especially if it generating a lot of traction and buzz online.

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