by Kenn Brody
I’m an author with more than 30 published works. It takes me about a year to research, write, publish and advertise a full-length book. My publications include ebooks, print books, and audio books. They are published in the English language worldwide. Naturally, I do not want people stealing my work. That is stealing my living and my life’s work.
Copyright law grants authors and artists the exclusive right to make and sell copies of their works, the right to create derivative works, and the right to perform or display their works publicly. These exclusive rights are subject to a time limit, and generally expire 70 years after the author's death.
The Berne Convention, administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) – sets a minimum set of standards for the protection of the rights of the creators of copyrighted works around the world. It stipulates that the duration of the term for copyright protection is the life of the author plus at least 50 years after their death.
Moral rights are rights of creators of copyrighted works generally recognized in civil law jurisdictions and, to a lesser extent, in some common law jurisdictions. They include the right of attribution, the right to have a work published anonymously or pseudonymously, and the right to the integrity of the work.
Article 20 of the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (1990) provides unlimited term of protection of the rights of authorship, alteration, and integrity of an author.
Anyone who copies, translates, or distributes a book without the written permission of the author or copyright owner and avoids paying the royalties due is stealing. Stealing in any form is theft, whether you are Illuminati or simply following the Ten Commandments.
Kenn Brody, Author
Broken Symmetry Publishing