Focus on literary and artistic property

It aims to protect the creators of literary, artistic, and scientific works, which covers a wide range of creations: books, music, paintings, sculptures, films, software, databases, engineering drawings, teaching materials, etc. It encompasses all intellectual works.

Literary and artistic property is itself divided into two categories of rights:

  • Copyright: this aims to confer rights over the materialisation of ideas in many forms, as mentioned above, the list not being limited. This means, on the other hand, that an idea as such is not protectable: they are free to be used (to find out more, see the section “Securing a concept“). These copyrights are acquired without formality, by the very fact of the creation, but proof of anteriority is often essential to protect oneself against any future difficulties. To find out more about copyright and proof with, see our “Copyright protection and types of creation” article.
  • Related rights: these rights protect people who are involved in a creative process, but who are not directly the authors. They concern, for example, performers, such as singers, musicians or actors, or broadcasting companies. These rights are acquired differently since people are not involved in the initial creation. For more information on related rights and proof with, see our “Rights related to copyright” article.