The firm, ABM Agenzia Brevetti e Marchi [Agency for Patents and Trademarks] in Pisa also deals with the protection of copyright.
Creative works that have a creative character and belong to literature, the visual arts, music, theatre and cinema, as well as architecture, are protected by copyright provisions , as are computer programs, databases understood as collections of works and data arranged in a systematic or methodical way and individually accessible.
Copyright protection , which takes the form of the author's exclusive right to publish his/her work and to exploit it economically, can be bought at the time the work is created, without formality.
The author and his/her heirs have at any time the right to claim authorship of the work and to oppose any change that may cause damage to the work itself, or injury to their honour and dignity.
The duration of the economic rights, which can be transferred or disposed of, is seventy years after the author's death.
The copyright can be exercised directly by the author or his/her sucessors, or by the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers (SIAE) or other similar foreign bodies, such as the Copyright Office in the United States of America.
In essence, the SIAE is concerned with granting licences and authorisations for the use of works, noting income and allocating it among the authors. Furthermore, among other things, SIAE holds a register for new works in which works that have not yet been published can be inserted at the author's request.
This procedure, which consists of filing the work with the name of the author and payment of the required fee, serves to attribute a specific date to a work. The file has a duration of five years, renewable for additional five year periods upon payment of the fee.