Copyright is a right connected to an original work. This applies no matter whether the work is a book, a photograph, a piece of music, a computer program etc. An author's rights to his work are automatically protected by copyright. Firstly, copyright applies to a moral right where the author must be credited when his work is used (the Danish Copyright Act’s §3). Secondly, copyright applies to an economic right and secures the author the right to sell, copy and distribute his work for financial gain (the Danish Copyright Act’s §2).
In Denmark, you cannot obtain the copyright for an idea, except when it is bound up in a specific physical expression.
The purpose of copyright
The purpose of copyright is to protect original works (of text, music, image, software, etc.) from illegal use and copying. Copyright defines your legal options when using other people´s works and publications. In that sense, copyright is an important part of the knowledge economy and copyright law gives protection both to the person creating a work and to the work itself.
The book presents Danish copyright law to give both an overview and detailed, specialised knowledge:
The book systematically reviews the EU directives within the field of copyright. The individual provisions in the directives are connected to references to the Danish implementation, summaries of judgments from the European Court of Justice regarding the provisions as well as references to relevant preamble considerations, and when necessary, in-depth comments on the provision are featured.
The book contains an overall presentation of the Danish regulations concerning intellectual property rights. Among other things, the book covers the following topics:
The book explains the provisions of the UK Copyright Act and supporting legislation in quick and easy question-and-answer form.
This volume takes the form of an article-by-article commentary on the relevant European directives and international treaties in the field of copyright and neighbouring rights.
The following general rules apply when using the works of others:
The Danish Copyright Act, § 22: “A person may quote from a work which has been made public in accordance with proper usage and to the extent required for the purpose.”
- should be limited to the most necessary.
- may only constitute a smaller part of the work that you cite.
- must serve a purpose in the work that you write.
- may only constitute a small part of your own work.
- must be highlighted so it is clearly indicated where the quotation starts and where it ends.
- must have a reference; you must clearly state the origin of the quotation.
For more information on when you quote and whether you may reproduce the works of others and modify them, read chapter 6, section 11 of the book Ophavsret for begyndere: En bog til ikke-jurister.
“Public domain” means that a work is not protected by copyright, for which reason everyone can in principle use it (references to § in the Danish Copyright Act in round brackets):
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