Protection of intellectual property rights in Denmark is regulated by the following legislation:
Intellectual property rights
According to the Danish Copyright Act, anyone who produces a literary or artistic work has copyright on that work. The copyright holder has the sole right to control the work by producing copies of it and making it available to the public. Copyright on a work, e.g. music, literature, film, pictures, etc. lasts for 70 years after the copyright holder's death.
Other groups of people with rights also enjoy protection under the Danish Copyright Act: Performing artists e.g. actors, singers, musicians, etc., record and film producers, radio and TV broadcasters, photographers and catalogues and databases. For related rights, copyright lasts for 50 years after it is set, e.g. the recording or broadcast is made. For catalogues and databases, however, the protection only lasts until 15 years have passed from the end of the year in which the work was first made available to the public.
The copyright originates when the work is created and the legal protection comes into force without any formal requirements having to be met. There is therefore no public register in which copyright is registered.
Protecting intellectual rights abroad
Intangible rights can either be protected abroad by applying in each country or by making use of the international schemes in this area.
Combating counterfeiting and piracy
Fighting counterfeiting and piracy is a top priority in Denmark. Enforcement is partly civil (civil law procedure under Directive 2004/48/EC of 29 April 2004), administrative (customs duty controls under Regulation (EC) No 1383/2003 of 22 July 2003) and criminal (up to 6 years' imprisonment).
Collaboration has been established between governmental bodies in the inter-departmental anti-fraud networks.
Information on counterfeiting and piracy topics can be found on the "Stop Piraterne" ("Stop the Pirates") website.
Property rights encourage investment in innovation and research.
Applications for Danish patents, utility models, trademarks, collective marks and designs should be submitted to the Danish Patent and Trademark Office.
The website startvaekst.dk offers a number of useful tools in this connection. You can, for example Find templates for use in preparing budgets and contracts and designing your business plan.