Intellectual Property or Intellectual Property Ownership is acquired by the creator on his original work, including:” .. every original intellectual creation of literature, art or science expressed in any form and especially in the form of written or oral texts, musical compositions with or without text, dramatic works with or without music, choreographies and pantomimes, audiovisual works, works of the fine arts, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, engravings and lithographs, works of architecture, photographs, works of the applied arts, illustrations, maps and three-dimensional works referring to geography, topography, architecture or science. ...” (Law 2121/1993, Article 2, paragraph 1).
Intellectual property ownership acquired by the creator over his work includes two absolute and exclusive rights:
The right of the exploitation of the work (economic right).
The right of the protection of creator´s personal bond to the work (moral right).
Intellectual property creator has the authority by the law to grant/transfer and assign the administration of his economic right to third parties, natural persons or corporate bodies (such as AEPI, which according to Law 2121/1993 constitutes a "Collective Administration Organisation" of these rights). Moral right is exclusively linked to a specific person and it is non-transferable; it remains with the creator even after the transfer of the economic right.
The necessary condition for the use of a musical work is the permission of its owner.
The contractual granting of the legal authorities of the creator over his work to AEPI, renders the latter responsible for the granting or not of the license for the use of the musical and/or poetic repertoire it represents.