My interest, nay passion for copyright is one of my guilty pleasures and was piqued after being ripped off by a record company as a teenage band member, which in turn compelled me to study Intellectual Property rights at university.
Copyright is a slippery beast to define. Essentially, in the UK and most of Europe, it is the ‘right’ given to the creator of a ‘work’, be it a piece of music, a book, a picture or any expressible form of an idea that shows substantive creative endeavour. The right to copy (hence copyright) allows the creator to make copies to do with as they please, and prevents other from doing so. The copyright can also be transferred or sold to another party. Not too interesting so far.