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Copyright

The Law Firm and its collaboration partners represent client interests in cases of copyright infringement.

Copyright is the whole of author`s personal intangible and tangible rights to his/her intellectual work in its tangible form [1]. Such right consists of two parts: personal or moral right and financial or economic right. In the territory of the Republic of Latvia such rights are prescribed by the Copyright Law of Latvia; its primary task is to protect author`s work against unauthorised use. [2]

Copyright is a kind of exclusive rights (the owner of the rights may permit or prohibit the use of his/her work), the subject of law whereof is an author of a literary or art work, but the object of law – the work of such author. Copyright refers to any aspect and kind of use of such work. Legally it is equal to property right to a tangible property and shall belong to an author as soon as a work has been created, regardless of whether it is completed. No special registration or any other formalities are necessary for proof of copyright ownership; however, if an author wants to inform other people of his/her authorship, he/she can notify of his/her rights using the copyright symbol "©", the name of the copyright subject and the year of work. Although there are universal copyright principles, which are set by international conventions, national laws allow for differences regarding works created in a jurisdiction of a particular country. [3] Apart from the copyright to original works, also the copyright [4] to derivative works is protected. The law prescribes that an author has the right to use his/her work in any shape of form; allow or prohibit the use thereof; to receive royalty for the permission to use his/her work and the use thereof.

The copyright and neighbouring rights (neighbouring rights include the rights of performers, television and radio broadcasting organisations, phonogram producers and film producers) are part of intellectual property rights, established in the legal system to facilitate creative work and protect the property rights of an initial author. Copyright and neighbouring rights are only a part of intellectual property rights within the legal system. Another part comprises industrial property rights (like patents). Copyright also differs from other intellectual property rights in the part that copyright arises after creation of work without the necessity for a separate process to recognise such right.

Rights, which arise from the copyright, are the objects of copyrightuser rightsneighbouring rightsadministration of copyright on a collective basiscopyright licencecopyright licence agreementthe balance in copyright, etc.)