The symbol © indicates all the regulations on copyright and applies to the so-called “intellectual works”: literary, musical, scientific, didactic, musical compositions, choreographic works, works of sculpture, painting, the art of drawing, engraving and similar figurative arts, including scenography, drawings and works of architecture; works of cinematographic art, photographic works, and databases.
In Italy, copyright is also applicable to software.
WHO IS THE HOLDER OF THE RIGHTS?
The holder of the rights on the intellectual work is usually the author or co-author, but in the case of a work created in fulfillment of an employment contract or on commission, the author is the only holder of moral rights , while the property and economic rights belong to the employer.
The moral right to be recognized as the author of the work is not transmissible. The economic rights are, however, transferable and by virtue of art. 25 of the law on authorship, last for the author’s entire life and for seventy years after his death.
HOW DO YOU ACQUIRE THE RIGHT?
The copyright is originally acquired for the sole fact of the creation of the work, without the need for any type of administrative fulfillment, be it filing or registration, as is the case, however, in the field of patents and trademarks. However, depositing a work with the competent offices has the undoubted advantage of providing the author with certain proof of authorship and the date of creation of a particular work.