Copyright is an automatic right and arises whenever an individual or company creates a work. To qualify, a work should be regarded as original, and exhibit a degree of labour, skill or judgement.
These laws affect the works of a graphic designer because it limits their ideas of expression. Their work might represent a work of someone else so in order for a graphic designer to be successful, their work not only has to be unique but different in a good way.
A logo is a good example of a copyright. A logo has to be original and in any case that logos do look alike, people would not be able to identify one from another. It would cause a big problem for the person who designed the logo itself and confusion for the people sees it.
In all,there are seven types of copyrights:
- Literary song lyrics, manuscripts, manuals, computer programs, commercial documents, leaflets, newsletters & articles etc.
- Dramatic plays, dance, etc.
- Musical recordings and score.
- Artistic photography, painting, sculptures, architecture, technical drawings/diagrams, maps, logos.
- Typographical arrangement of published editionsmagazines, periodicals, etc.
- Sound recordingmay be recordings of other copyright works, e.g. musical and literary.
- Film video footage, films, broadcasts and cable programmes.