Copyright protects works, i.e., intellectual creations of literature and art which have a unique character. This includes literature, music, pictures, sculptures, films, operas, ballets and pantomimes. Computer programs are also protected under copyright.

The Copyright Act also regulates related rights (also referred to as neighbouring rights). They include: the rights of performing artists (musicians, actors) to their performances; the rights of producers of phonograms and videograms to their products (CD’s, DVD’s, etc.); the rights of broadcasters to their radio and television broadcasts.

A work is protected under copyright as soon as it is created. It is not necessary to file for protection or to “deposit” the work as there is no register.