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Incomplete or unfinished works

A work must not necessarily be completed or whole to enjoy copyright protection. Copyright law does not differentiate between finished and unfinished works. It is only important that the unfinished or incomplete work can already be viewed as an intellectual creation with individual character which is perceptible to the senses (work conditions) (Art. 2 para. 1 CopA). If these work conditions exist, the protection begins when the work is created. It is irrelevant whether the creator of the work changes the work, extends it, changes it or adapts it in any other way, etc. – but the work conditions must exist at every stage of the creation of the work.

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