Copyright, in Europe also called authors´rights, is designed to give rights owners, exclusive rights to their work and performances. Their economic and moral interests are thus safeguarded.
Exclusive right means that rightsholders decide themselves if copies of their work are to be produced and distributed to the general public - there are, however, a few restrictions in the legislation. They also decide if their works are to be made accessible to the public through public performances and transmission.
Copyright to a work goes into effect the moment the work is produced, which means that there are no formal aspects that must be observed.
Copyright for music users
If you are using music in your business, this is where you can read more about what applies to you.