Bernie Amarillo, Swiss entrepreneur, goes to see Elton John at Montreux Jazz, gets inspired, re-brands and discovers the hard way what Copyright means.


  • Protects creators and their works
  • From the moment of creation
  • Duration: for songs – life of the artist + 70 years
  • No formal requirements
  • Worldwide (scope defined by national laws)

What is protected?

  • Original works: music, photos, films, books...
  • The expression/execution; not the actual idea

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