One of the most visible
rights that the author of a work has, is the copyright over his work. Almost
everything that is published, whether electronically or not, is copyrighted.
In general, a work is
copyrighted when it is created, and it is not necessary to apply for
copyright. In Aruba however, (like in a few other countries), when you
register your work, you get a certificate of copyright registration which
can be used as an additional evidence of the authorship in case of doubt.
In any case, when a work
is copyrighted, others may not use or redistribute the work
without the permission of
the author. The purpose of the Aruban Copyright Act, like that of other
pieces of intellectual property legislation, is to protect owners while
promoting creativity and the orderly exchange of ideas.
This guide is to be
considered solely to give some basic information about the intricate subject
of copyright and should not be quoted as or considered to be a legal
authority. Authority must be found in the Aruban Copyright Act and in
decisions of the court interpreting them. Your original work is worth a
great deal to you. It pays to protect your intellectual property by knowing
your rights and how to use them.
What is copyright?
Who owns a copyright?
Kind of protection
New Copyright Act
Actual Copyright Act in Dutch