Copyright and Compliance

Copyright

Kenjuru owns all content found on Kenjuru store and custom web development projects. When a Kenjuru website has been purchased and successfully transferred ownership, whether it be pre-built or custom, the new owner obtains full rights to their new business product and no longer falls under Kenjuru copyright.

What is copyright

Copyright is a legal concept that gives the author or creator of an original work the exclusive right to do certain things with that original work. The copyright holder has the right to choose if anyone else can use, adapt or resell their work and has the right to be credited for that work. 

Copyright protection is principally given to works that are literary, dramatic, artistic and musical works, cinematograph film, and television and sound broadcasts.

Only the copyright holder of a work may do the these things:

  1. Make copies of the work and distribute it.
  2. Create derivative works or alter the work.
  3. Sell the work in either its original version or in an altered form.

How is Copyright Infringed?

Copyright is typically infringed if a work protected by copyright, or a “substantial part” of it, is used without permission in one of the ways exclusively reserved to the copyright owner. But in some countries, there are special exceptions which allow copyright material to be used without it being an infringement – for example, “fair use” exceptions.

When assessing whether a part of someone else’s work that you wish to use is a “substantial part” you need to consider whether it is an important, essential or distinctive part. The part does not have to be a larger part to be “substantial”

A person who infringes copyright can be sued by the copyright owner and taken to court. A court can order a range of things, including that the infringer pay compensation and pay the copyright owner’s costs. In some cases, a person who infringes copyright can be charged, and can be ordered to pay a fine or, in serious cases, can be imprisoned.

Examples of copyright infringement include:

  • Making unauthorized copies of a work protected by copyright.
  • Using a song in a video without the permission of the owner of the recording and the songwriter.
  • Publishing someone else’s work without their permission, even if you correctly credit them.