Throughout the world, and in broad terms, copyright laws protect original works of authorship. Diverse nations and legal systems, however, have different understandings of said concept. There is a fundamental difference in attitude between the legal traditions about works of authorship in common law and civil law nations, such as Costa Rica. The common law term copyright is not only highly descriptive; –the right to make copies– it also reflects common law´s basic focus on the matter.It conveys a negative right to prevent the copying of an author´s work, but is to all extents impersonal and dettached from said author. By contrast, Costa Rica´s legal system views an author´s work as an extension of his personality, focused on the idea of a right which the author possesses to control and exploit the product of his intellect. Therefore, Costa Rica offers copyright (or actually, author´s right) protection to specific embodimients of an idea, but not the idea in itself, or any procedure, method, operation or mathematical concept needed to express it. Thus, these law-acknowledged rights, are totally independent from the material support of the creation itslef, and rather are awarded to its author. Two main concepts are embodied under Costa Rican author´s right; an economic right, which recognizes an author´s economic stake in his work, and a moral right, designed to perserve the integrity of a work and the author´s artistic personality.