When you create something, you want the credit for your work. On the other hand when you use someone else’s work, it’s only fair to give credit to the creator(s). It’s important that you know exactly how to do this correctly, and it’s also important to know how to protect your own published work.
Copyright was not created to make your research more difficult, but to protect your rights as an (potential) author!
It is the right:
- to be credited for an original work.
This right is not transferable and lasts forever!
- to adapt, use, copy or sell an original work.
This right can be wholly or partly transferred (e.g. to a publisher), sold or inherited. In the Netherlands it lasts for 70 years after the creator’s death.