What is ‘in perpetuity’?

In perpetuity basically means indefinitely. The term is normally used in the context of intellectual property to qualify a period of protection that lasts indefinitely. Copyright protection subsists in a creative work for a finite period of time. The Berne Convention...

What is public domain?

The public domain refers to material that was once protected by copyright law but that now can be used and exploited by anyone and everyone without authorization, and without the obligation to pay fees or enter into license agreements for use. Public domain material...

How long does copyright last?

Unfortunately there is no simple answer to this question. It depends on the work itself as well as in which country it was created. This is because different kinds of works, like photographs or sound recordings or manuscripts, can have different durations for...

What is a copyright holder?

A copyright holder is the person who holds the legal rights to the copyrighted work. This person can make decisions and exert control over how the work is used, reproduced and circulated by other people. In most jurisdictions copyright is automatic and the copyright...