Copyright is an intellectual property right for the protection of original aesthetic creations, such as literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works.

There is no official registration procedure for establishing copyright (an exception being the US): copyright comes into existence when the work is created. However, it is advisable to have some form of documentary proof to establish when the work came into existence, should another person try to assert an earlier claim to a substantially identical work. Such proof could be obtained, for example, by sending yourself a hardcopy of the work by recorded delivery mail, or by depositing a copy of the work with a bank.

The scope of protection conferred by copyright is narrow, in that it only allows the copyright owner to prevent direct copying of the work. Accordingly, if another person arrived at a substantially identical work independently, then there would be no infringement of copyright.