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Copyright law governs the protection of intellectual creations of the mind, i.e. literary, artistic and scientific works. Copyright does not protect ideas, processes, systems, operational methods, concepts, principles or discoveries.

In accordance with the Berne Convention, a work is automatically protected by copyright and it is not necessary to fulfil any legal formalities.

However, it is obviously always advisable to register a copyright at the Portuguese Department of Cultural Activities.

Copyright covers patrimonial and moral rights, the latter of which are not transferable and must remain under the ownership of the original author of the work. In the absence of special provisions, the duration of a copyright is 70 years after the death of the intellectual creator.

One of the main items of legislation in this field in Portugal is Law 114/91 of 3 September 1991, known as the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Code.

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