Estonian Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Centre (EIPTTC) advise businesses and entrepreneurial people on intellectual property issues. We help our customers to get an overview of their intellectual property, its protection options and possible future strategies. In addition our experts help customers to get answers on copyright, trademarks and other industrial property issues.
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Copyright is a subdivision of intellectual property, which protects literary, artistic and scientific works.
In accordance with the Copyright Act the works in which copyright subsists are:
The registration or of a work or completion of other formalities is not required for the creation or exercise of copyright.
There is an example list of works protected by copyright in the Copyright Act. In addition to classical literary, artistic and scientific works are also mentioned scientific works or works of popular science, either written or three-dimensional; computer programs; speeches; lectures; aadresses; sermons; scripts; audiovisual works; works of design and fashion design; draft legislation, standards and draft standards; opinions, reviews etc.
The Copyright Act also constitutes a list of results of intellectual activities to which the Act does not apply. These are:
Moral rights and economic rights constitute the content of copyright.
Moral rights protect the author’s spiritual and moral connection with his work. Moral rights are inseparable from the author and are not transferable. More about moral rights can be found in the Copyright Act’s section 12 subsection 1.
Economic rights are transferable as single rights or a set of rights for a charge or free of charge. The author may also keep the rights and give licenses. The list of the author’s economic rights can be found in the Copyright Act’s section 13 subsection 1.
For more information about copyrights and related rights see autor.ee.