Copyrights are a part of intellectual property law. It secures the rights of the author to make the work available and to be able to exploit it to derive financial benefits from it.
Copyright is divided into personal and proprietary rights.
Personal and proprietary copyrights
Personal copyright – it gives the right to mark the authorship of the work and grant the author the right to decide how it's disclosed. It protects the content of the work from violation. This right is not transferable, which means you can’t pass it on to another person. No one can deprive you of it either.
Proprietary copyright – it gives the right to derive financial benefits from the work, for example through further sale, duplication, or disclosure, also under the terms of the license. This right is transferable.
What else is worth knowing about the copyrights?
- You can transfer the proprietary copyright of a work that has a unique, original character.
- By transferring proprietary copyright, you renounce the possibility of further sales or use of your work.
- The transfer of copyright of work in some industries allows you to obtain higher income costs, and thus to reduce income tax by half. The reduction of the tax only applies to Polish citizens and residents.
When should I transfer the copyrights?
Without harm to yourself, you can transfer copyright if you create individual projects for each client. With such jobs, it is unlikely that there will be the possibility to reuse them, i.e. by selling the same logo to two companies. However, it's worth it to save the copyright to products such as software that you want to share under the terms of the license.