What is copyright?

Copyright is the exclusive right of the creator of an initial (or: original) work to publish and to reproduce this work.

Section 1 of the Dutch Copyright Act (Auteurswet) describes copyright as follows:

Copyright is the exclusive right of the creator of a work of literature, science or art, or their successors, to publish and reproduce this work, subject to the limitations laid down under the Act.

Auteursrecht (copyright in English) is part of the intellectual property area of law. This area of law falls mainly under private law. Private law is the law between citizens themselves.

Dutch copyright law is highly influenced by European Legislation (Directives and Regulations). Judgements by the European Court of Justice also have a significant effect on the interpretation of our own national Copyright Legislation. 

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Section 1 of the Dutch Copyright Act