Copyright

Doreen Weisenhaus*

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Abstract

Copyright is the exclusive legal right for a limited time period to reproduce, publish, adapt, distribute, perform, sell or transmit original work such as books, computer software, plays, drawings, films, musical compositions and so on. Copyright is part of a larger scheme to protect what is known as intellectual property, which also includes trademarks, patents and designs. In the age of the Internet and multimedia, copyright issues have become increasingly important to journalists in both traditional and new media as works appearing on the Internet are also protected. Journalists today need to understand the concepts of copyright and its implications, particularly as more countries are focusing on enforcement. Journalists should be aware of copyright in two regards: one, in acknowledging the copyrights of other people's work that might affect newsgathering, writing and news production and two, in protecting a journalist's own work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHong Kong Media Law
Subtitle of host publicationA Guide for Journalists and Media Professionals
PublisherHong Kong University Press, HKU
Pages187-206
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9789622098077
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2007

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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Weisenhaus, D. (2007). Copyright. In Hong Kong Media Law: A Guide for Journalists and Media Professionals (pp. 187-206). Hong Kong University Press, HKU.